Leawood couple wants to light up backyard pickleball court at night under revised city code

The Leawood Planning Commission approved the addition of lighting to a residential basketball and pickleball court, following potential new city guidelines for courts of this kind. Above, an existing residential sports court with lighting. Image used under Creative Commons license.

At its Tuesday meeting, the Leawood Planning Commission considered and approved its first request regarding nighttime use of a resident’s backyard sports court since the city began discussing tightening rules around those types of amenities earlier this month.

Driving the news: The application came from George and Megan Kopp, homeowners who want to be able to turn on overhead lights on their existing private sports court on their property near 83rd Street and Lee Boulevard.