Town officials last week approved an approximately $70,000 contract to install a new patio area outside the hugely popular pickleball courts at Mead Park. It wasn’t immediately clear when the new bluestone patio will be installed in the northwest area of the park, though funds for the project are available in the current budget year, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann, meaning they could be released quickly. When the town installed five pickleball courts two years ago where a single public hard-surface tennis had been located, the footprint of the new playing area created some leftover room, Mann told members of the Board of Selectmen at their regular meeting, held June 6 at Town Hall and via videoconference. “So now we have a large area of unused space that right now is gravel,” Mann said. “When we met with the DOJ they felt that the gravel is not a suitable material.