TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Terre Haute residents will be seeing improvements to Brittlebank Park after a grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Land and Water Conservation Fund.

A quarter of a million dollars was granted and will allow for the installation of Six new pickleball courts, bleachers, new bathroom facilities, a new playground, a new basketball court, and a parking lot expansion.

Terre Haute Parks Superintendent Eddie Bird says that pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and so the department chose to include the pickleball facilities in order to fit a niche for the town.

“We look forward to this opportunity in providing necessary improvements to Brittlebank Park,” said Bird. “This is an exciting day for outdoor recreation and quality of life here in Terre Haute. Thank you, DNR, for supporting this project and your interest in helping Terre Haute elevate the Pickleball community.”

The grant funding comes after the city applied in 2019.

“We continuously work to find funds to improve the quality of our park amenities,” stated City of Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett. “Through the City’s American Rescue Pan Act (ARPA), our City Parks Department will also be receiving funds to upgrade facilities and amenities in several parks throughout the city over the next couple of years.”

Construction is expected to begin soon with a completion date expected early this summer.