Many citizens spoke their input to the council regarding the item.
Pickleball player and Parowan resident Patty Wesley said with three courts accessible to the city and already enclosed to withstand any weather, she did not think another was necessary.
“What usage is necessary or worth the money for another court?” Wesley said.
Another resident, Derek Clark, said he has two kids and lives near the proposed area and observed on most occasions the weather would be not help bring participation in the area.
“It gets too wind and is not worth it,” Clark said.
Resident Carol Feeble agreed and continued to say that the money could be better used to improve playground equipment that is already in place at some of the parks in town.
Amber Burton, a resident and leader in the community, said she feels the money could go toward supporting the youth.
“I don’t feel that doing Pickleball fields will (help our youth),” Burton said.
Other concerns presented were why to even move the money in the first place. Councilman Ben Johnson said the money was not needed in its current place and could be better used elsewhere.
The item was placed on the consent agenda for the next meeting and could not be decided on at the meeting because it was not on the agenda other than as a public hearing discussion item.
Following the hearing, Alice Heidenreich with the Branding Committee shared a Power Point presentation and discussion regarding a campaign to bring people into the city from off the interstate by providing cinnamon rolls throughout the community.
“We have the perfect storm of tourists spending just a daycation in our town,” Heidenreich said. “The visitor’s center will sell cinnamon roll souvenirs like piggy banks and stuff.”
She continued to say that various types of cinnamon rolls or cinnamon associations such as cinnamon churros and cinnamon facials as examples from businesses would be available throughout the city as a part of brand to attract passersby to come into town.
“On average there are 609,057 cars that pass by Parowan ever yday,” Heidenreich said. “If we can get 10 of those to come into town per day to spend to $20, that adds up $200 per day, $6,000 per month and $72,000 per year.”
The goal of the branding campaign is to increase economic development, bring jobs and increase the population.
Heidenreich said Parowan would also become the place for the best cinnamon rolls in Utah.