Pick­le­ball com­ing to Ateaze Se­nior Cen­ter

The Dundalk Eagle - - SENIOR NEWS -

Of­fi­cials will re-stripe 64 ten­nis, multi-pur­pose and basketball courts around the county to also ac­com­mo­date the game of pick­le­ball, a pad­dle sport that com­bines el­e­ments of ten­nis, bad­minton and ping pong.

The game was in­vented in 1965 in the Seat­tle area with the goal of cre­at­ing a vig­or­ous game that is easy to learn and play for chil­dren and adults of all ages who want to ex­er­cise and have fun. It is usu­ally played on a cus­tom­striped bad­minton-sized court us­ing large light­weight solid pad­dles to hit a wif­fle ball over a low net. The rules are sim­i­lar to ten­nis and play­ers bring their own net and pad­dles.

The first phase is es­ti­mated to cost $32,000, and the cus­tom lines are striped red or yel­low to dif­fer­en­ti­ate from the lines used for ten­nis, basketball and other sports.

Pick­le­ball is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity around the coun­try and, like most pad­dle sports, play­ers can take a leisurely or a fast-paced com­pet­i­tive ap­proach to the game. Ac­cord­ing to the United States of Amer­ica Pick­le­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (USAPA), there are more than 2.8 mil­lion peo­ple play­ing pick­le­ball na­tion­ally, and that num­ber in­creased by 15% since last year.

Out­door courts

The first court has been com­pleted at Ca­tonsville Com­mu­nity Park and court re­strip­ing is un­der­way this week at Loch Raven Cen­ter and West Tow­son Park. The county plans to com­plete out­door pick­le­ball courts this sum­mer at Ateaze Se­nior Cen­ter on Ho­labird Av­enue, as well as the fol­low­ing county parks and recre­ation cen­ters:

Ca­tonsville Com­mu­nity Park, Ca­tonsville

County Home Park, Cock­eysville

Honeygo Re­gional Park, White Marsh Jack­sonville Ele­men­tar y School

Loch Raven Cen­ter, Parkville

Old Ca­tonsville Ele­men­tary School

Rosedale Ele­men­tar y School

Seven Oaks Ele­men­tary School, Perry Hall War­ren Place Park, Cock­eysville

West Tow­son Park

In­door courts

As the sec­ond phase of the Pick­le­ball ini­tia­tive, in­door courts are planned for the fol­low­ing com­mu­nity recre­ation cen­ters, with the tim­ing and cost of th­ese courts to be de­ter­mined based on bids for the projects and the need to work through lo­gis­tics and pro­gram­ming is­sues at each of th­ese lo­ca­tions:

Cock­eysville Com­mu­nity Cen­ter

Honeygo Re­gional Park, White Marsh Jack­sonville Com­mu­nity Cen­ter

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