Pickleball coming to Ateaze Senior Center
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.
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
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