Fences have been put up, surfaces washed and prepped for painting Willoughby Hills’ new addition – the pickleball courts.
The lands will be located at 35405 Chardon Road, behind the Town Hall building. Nets and additional equipment needed for the conversion of the two tennis courts are being put in place, said Councilor Joe Jarmuszkiewicz.
A meeting of the Recreation Commission subcommittee will be held shortly. This will be for residents who would like to have a say in what is done with the courts in regards to leagues, lessons, tournaments and introductions to pickleball for those who are curious but have never played, Jarmuszkiewicz said.
“We hope it’s something that will take off and if it does, maybe we can expand it over the next two years,” he said.
The game of pickleball dates back to 1965 and is a combination of racquetball, table tennis and tennis. According to the USA Pickleball Association, there are now nearly 8,500 locations on the USA Pickleball Places2Play map.
The spread of the sport is attributed to its popularity in community centers, gym classes in schools, YMCA facilities and retirement communities.