Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library Pickleball Courts Now Open

The Jim Lucas Checotah Public Library’s newly finished pickleball courts were celebrated on June 29, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Checotah Mayor Daniel Tarkington said June 29 is declared “Pickleball Day in Checotah,” and, he and some of the city’s council members played a doubles game.

The pickleball courts will be first-come, first-served for the public and are not affected by the library’s open/closed hours. There are lights for evening play, and library cardholders can borrow paddles and balls for free.

Many thanks to all donors and supporters: Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Friends of the Library, Peoples National Bank of Checotah, Armstrong Bank, First Family Federal Credit Union, the family of Eli Wallace, and Dr. Maurice & Gretchen Payne.

Special thanks to the City of Checotah for providing funds for what has not been covered by the grant and donations.