Mayfield's first pickleball court is under construction, and players should be able to use it within a few weeks.

This summer the city is also building a lighted basketball court, and it has replaced the pump at its spray park, which has opened for the season.

All of the additions and enhancements are part of the city's renewed emphasis on outdoor recreation, Mayor Kathy O'Nan said.

She credits extensive renovations at the Mayfield/Graves County Ballparks and the hiring of Jason Darnall to oversee them and bring in tournaments as helping to spark interest.

"All of a sudden everybody was excited about recreation in Mayfield and Graves County," she said.

The city also dedicated a small new "pocket park," Anderson Park, last May at Sixth Street and Indiana Avenue.

The new basketball court, to be built at 10th and Farthing streets beginning in July, is the centerpiece of another new park, this one to be named Rotary Park.

"That way all three civic clubs have a park," O'Nan said.

The Mayfield-Graves County Rotary Club donated $5,000 toward lighting for the park, which is being built on property left to the city by the late Wallace Morgan.

The rest of the work at the site is expected to cost roughly $25,000 out of the city's general fund.

The court will be college-size and will provide city-owned outdoor space in a part of Mayfield that has had few offerings, O'Nan said. The park will also have a few picnic tables.

Originally, a pickleball court had been planned for the space, but because players of the sport are often former tennis players who have transitioned to playing on a smaller surface, they wanted to be near friends who still play tennis. To accommodate them, the city found space adjacent to the basketball court on Ky. 121 on a site where the city's pool used to be. It is across the parking lot from the Scott Thompson tennis complex and attached to Lions Club Park, 903 N. 15th St.

Pickleball players had approached the city council last year about building a court, saying they often have to travel to other counties if they want to play. The game is played on a 20-by-44-foot court divided by a 3-foot net. Players use large paddles, and the ball resembles a whiffle ball. Singles or doubles can play on the court.

Earlier this week, city workers were digging holes and had boards in place for asphalt to be poured.

"We've got everything," O'Nan said. "We're just waiting on dry ground."

She said she has already had several calls with people asking when the court is going to be open for play. Much of that depends on how quickly the weather cooperates, she said.

The cost to add the court has been minimal, O'Nan said, since parking and other facilities are already available. It should cost about $3,000 from the general fund, O'Nan said.

The city is also preparing for more summer recreation with the opening of the spray park at Kess Creek Park. The spray park opened Tuesday after city workers replaced the water pump, O'Nan said. It cost $1,300 to do so, but repairs would have only been $200 less and would have left the park with an older pump, so the city determined investing in a new one was worth the difference. The spray park will be open daily this summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. It is free to use.

Also in Kess Creek Park, the city's miniature golf course at the park will open at 1 p.m. Saturday for the season. The hours will be 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The charge is $2.12 per game, including tax.

O'Nan urged those visiting the parks to take care of them and to immediately report any vandalism they notice.

"The parks are used by so many people and enjoyed by so many people, so it's disheartening when vandalism occurs," she said, noting recent vandalism had included pipes removed from beneath restroom sinks at Kiwanis Park.

As for the city's recreation plans, "I'd love to see another splash park," O'Nan said. But first, she said, the city needs to finish the projects it has already begun, including an eventual major lighting upgrade at the Mayfield/Graves County Ballparks.