Sports Courts Open at Boulder Beach

Mark and Karen Einck are shown on the basketball court at Boulder Beach. They donated $26,000 to help make the addition of a basketball court possible. Russell and Susan Johnson, joined by their children and grandchildren, visited Boulder Beach July 4 for a friendly half-court basketball competition. The Johnsons have had a home at Lake Panorama for 10 years, plus their permanent residence in Red Oak. Susan Johnson called the new sports courts a “great facility.” 
Scott Rolfes, in the tie-dye shirt, hits a pickleball to his son Luke. Also playing were grandsons Jack, age 8, and Isaac, age 5. Scott and his wife Becky live at Lake Panorama. Luke and his family were visiting from Kansas City. Rich Deardorff was teaching three grandchildren the game of pickleball at the Boulder Beach sports courts July 4. Garrett and Jensen Walsh of Lincoln and their cousin Quincy Keenan of Clive were fast learners. Deardorff owns a Boulder Cove Colony condo, and has a permanent residence in Grand Island, Nebraska. P.J. and Barb Connor played tennis with their children Zach and Hope Prouty July 4. It was their first time on the new tennis court, but clearly not their first time playing tennis together. The family recently purchased a summer home at Lake Panorama, while having a permanent residence in Arkansas. 
Kurt Johnson built two wooden benches for the sports courts. Here he installs a sign for the bench that was donated in memory of Paul Thompson. Thompson lived at Lake Panorama for five years before his death in December 2016. He was a life-long basketball fan, and enjoyed picnics and fishing at Boulder Beach. The bench faces north, into the basketball court. Donations from friends of Lynn Reinicke were used to place a bench in his memory at the sports courts. The bench faces south, towards the pickleball and tennis courts. Lynn and his wife Jan were long-time residents of Lake Panorama. Lynn passed away in June 2017. Jan Reinicke has served on the Friends of Lake Panorama board since it was formed in 2013, and is the nonprofit’s current president. Funds raised by Friends of Lake Panorama for the sports courts also financed the addition of a large metal trash receptacle on the patio between the courts.

By Susan Thompson

The new sports courts at Boulder Beach opened in mid-June, and have been seeing lots of action since. The courts were especially busy during the Fourth of July holiday week, hosting many family groups.

Dick and Carolyn Koberg, who donated $5,000 to the sports courts project, were among Lake Panorama residents who brought family and friends to Boulder Beach for some fun.

“Over the Fourth of July week our families, grandkids and friends from the Iowa State University golf team enjoyed all the amenities of Boulder Beach. ‘Wow’ was the comment on the sports courts,” says Carolyn Koberg. “They enjoyed beach volleyball, pickleball, basketball and tennis. Boulder Beach has really become a place for families to gather. As noted from our guests, this is a great place to hang out and have fun!”

Friends of Lake Panorama began fundraising for sports courts in October 2014, with an original plan to renovate two tennis courts at the LPN. That early effort raised $7,500. By 2016, a more significant project emerged, and a new push for donations got underway. 

The LPA board of directors voted in October 2016 to commit at least $50,000, once Friends raised $50,000. That December, Friends received a $1,000 donation from Mark and Karen Einck for the basketball court. That donation came with a handwritten note, saying basketball is important to the Einck family. They pledged another $25,000 once the initial $100,000 level was raised.

The Beach Ball held in May 2017 put fundraising over $75,000. At its meeting later that month, the LPA board of directors voted to match the $75,000 raised by Friends of Lake Panorama, and proceed with construction.

The Eincks visited the sports courts for the first time July 4. They have owned a home at Lake Panorama for nearly 20 years, and have a permanent residence in Perry.

“We take a lot of pride in community projects, and are fortunate to be able to help,” said Mark Einck. “We know our kids and grandkids will enjoy these courts for many years to come.”

Mark played basketball for Perry, then went on to play basketball at Buena Vista. Their son Ben followed in his footsteps, also playing for Perry, for Buena Vista. “Now we say it’s up to our two grandsons, ages 6 and 7, to win a state basketball title,” said Karen Einck. The couple’s daughter Emi played basketball for Perry two years. Her 6’9” husband Garret played basketball at Truman State.

The courts complex includes one tennis court, with two pickleball courts adjacent. These three courts are inside the same fenced enclosure. A separate fence surrounds a basketball court that features two half courts with Goalsetter MVP basketball systems. A PowerGame two-tiered surface covers the concrete base of the courts.

There is a concrete patio between the courts. Recent additions there are a large metal trash receptacle and two wooden memorial benches. The courts are open daylight hours, and available for play on a first-come, first-served basis.