The metropolis of Frederick Is in all probability going So as to add extra courtrooms for pickleball in coming years — like These at a six-courtroom facility beneath enchancment in Monocacy Village Park — As a Outcome of it tries To fulfill demand for The favored sport.
Construction started Thursday To transform a tennis courtroom On the park into six courtrooms particularly for pickleball, a sport That mixes parts of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton.
The renovation enterprise Is predicted to take about 50 days, Based mostly on a metropolis launch.
Whereas the metropolis doesn’t have any quick plans So as to add extra courtrooms particularly for pickleball, It is going to probably develop extra areas Finally As a Outcome of it creates new parks or renovates previous ones, Bob Smith, the deputy director of parks and recreation for the metropolis, said Thursday.
“It’s A very trendy sport. There’s no signal of its participation reducing,” he said.
Pickleball has been wildly properly-appreciated Inside the metropolis since earlier than the pandemic, he said.
The metropolis provides three-hour durations Monday by way of Friday On the Talley Recreation Center, and On The state of affairs of The earlier Trinity School on New Designal Road seven days Every week, Smith said.
The metropolis’s Amber Meadows, Max Kehne, and Wetherburne parks Even have tennis courtrooms with pickleball strains. Smith said people additionally play on common tennis courtrooms.
The $180,265 enterpriseed value for the Monocacy Village Park enterprise Shall be provided by grant funding by way of the Maryland Division of Pure Assets.
Smith said he thinks The sport appeals to some former tennis gamers Since the smaller courtroom makes it extra accessible.
At a December dialogue between metropolis leaders and members of the county’s legislative delegation, Frederick Mayor Michael O’Connor jokingly dubbed the Monocacy Village Park enterprise a “pickleplex,” main state Sen. Ron Youthful to quip, “Old tennis gamers don’t die. They solely fade away to pickleball.”
Adjust to Ryan Marshall on Twitter: @RMarshallFNP