WINDOM — Weather permitting, Windom will have new tennis and pickleball courts by next summer.

The Windom City Council recently awarded the $174,195 project bid to Empire Building Construction of Sioux Falls, South Dakota to construct a two-court tennis and pickleball surface in Windom’s Recreation Area.

According to Windom City Administrator Steve Nasby, the courts will be striped for both tennis and pickleball. A windscreen — for which $10,000 is being covered by a donation from Windom Area Health — will also be installed along the fencing to reduce the effect wind has during play.

The site near Cottonwood Lake Drive and 16th Street was recommended by the parks and rec commission, who considered different sites throughout Windom during the past year. Among other recommended sites included Island Park along Minnesota 60, but after the second year in a row of flooding, the commission reconsidered, Nasby said.

“It was a natural fit to put them up (at Windom’s Recreation Area),” said Nasby, considering the park already has necessary amenities like restrooms and parking, along with other recreational activities nearby.

The new tennis/pickleball courts to the city’s newest park will add to the park’s other recreational activities, which include softball, baseball and soccer fields, a skate park, paved walking and biking trail, sledding hill and Kastle Kingdom play area.

To accommodate for the courts, the soccer fields will be moved a few feet to the east, Nasby said.

The community hasn’t had tennis courts for the past few years due to their former longtime location at Witt Park being displaced by the city’s new emergency services facility, which opened in September 2017.

Construction is to begin in the spring, with completion slated for July 31, 2020, weather permitting.