HARLINGEN — Beach volleyball of sorts is coming to the city.
The Parks and Recreation Department board heard updates from city staff yesterday about two new volleyball pits now under construction just south of the Lon C. Hill pool area.
The courts will be free to the public, and first-come, first-served will be the rule of play for those looking for a place to spike or dig.
Armando Villela, parks superintendent, told the board recent rains delayed progress on the courts but eventually his crew was able to get to the site and trench it to add drainage. Postholes for the nets will be next.
“I think today and tomorrow, we’ll finish with the posts and hopefully by the end of the week we’ll be bringing in sand,” he said.
The volleyball pits are believed to be the only outdoor courts which will be available to the public anywhere in the city. Villela says UTRGV has courts but only for use by students, faculty and staff.
Javier Mendez, the city’s parks director, said after the meeting the expense of building and equipping the courts was negligible.
“What we did was we bought it in pieces,” he said. “We bought the nets and stuff almost two years ago and then we bought the sand last year and then this year we bought the border, and now we’re complete.”
Mendez said, weather permitting, the courts could be ready for players within a month.
Villela said the twin outdoor courts will be side by side, and are being constructed on a north-south axis.
“It’s for the sun. You won’t be spiking, or whatever you call it, into the sun,” Mendez said. “That’s what we try to do, we try to align all our fields — football, baseball and volleyball — like this where it’s not in line with the sun.”