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Metropolis of Hollister, Mo. unveils recreation complicated plans

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HOLLISTER, Mo. (KY3) – The City of Hollister announced plans for a recreation area and numerous improvements to the city’s existing parks.

The recreation complex will feature a new pickleball court, restroom and walking trails. Local pickleball players say the changes will bring more people together across the community.

“There are so many people wanting to play and not enough space on the court,” said pickleball player Sandy Leech. “This is really going to give people a place to come together and have fun with their families, and that’s what community is about.”

“As far as I know, we only have three outdoor pitches. These four places are a dream come true for all of us pickleball players,” said player Kay Peck.

Leech says she’s also looking forward to the walking trails that will lead from Tiger Park Playground to Downing Street in downtown Hollister.

“I think it’s going to be great to connect the park system to that because people can travel back and forth and a lot of people like to hike and be active, so that’s a great addition to our community,” Leech said.

Hollister Deputy City Administrator Denise Olmstead says other changes will include upgrades to the current basketball court, a pavilion with picnic tables, and a new parking lot for the park.

“Parking is definitely a challenge,” Olmstead said. “There are currently about six to eight cars in the lot where Pepper Dog Park and Tiger Park are located.”

Olmstead says part of the new complex will also require the demolition of the old Hollister Elementary School.

“It just provides an opportunity to repurpose the space, make it functional again, and bring outdoor recreation to these neighborhoods,” Olmstead said.

“There’s just something here for everyone, not just the people who play pickleball, but basketball, and a place where you can be with your family,” Leech said.

According to Olmstead, the pickleball courts should be completed by the end of the summer. The rest of the project will take several years.

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