Donation introduces pickleball at dome
BY SEAN BRAY Sports Editor The sports dome in Alexandria now offers a new game, and it’s all thanks to to Ronald Cholette, whose donation now makes pickleball available.
Cholette donated all the equipment, including nets, balls, and racquets, and covered the expense of painting the lines.
The tennis court inside the dome now has two additional, smaller courts marked out with yellow lines (versus white for tennis), allowing for two simultaneous matches of pickleball.
There was an open house at the dome last week, as dozens took the opportunity to see the new additions and try out the sport, as those with experience provided instruction.
North Glengarry’s recreation director, Terry Gilmer, chaired the evening, welcoming everyone and thanking Cholette for his generous donation.
Gilmer noted that the introduction of a new sport to the dome’s offerings provides additional motivation to encourage people to be active.
He explains participation is inexpensive, as the hourly rental cost of $20 can be shared by up to eight individuals, with both pickleball courts in use for doubles matches.
To further encourage residents to give the sport a try, the dome is offering it at no charge for the months of September and October. One just needs to call the dome at 613-525-0614 to book a time and join others in the highly social activity.
Pickleball has been going for a while in Cornwall, where there are some 350 registered in a league that plays out of the multi-sport complex.
Plans are underway for Alexandria’s dome to offer memberships and a league as well.
Gilmer says the sport is growing everywhere and is particularly popular amongst seniors, as there is more social interaction and less stress on the body, when compared to other racquet sports, such as tennis.
Pickleball uses a larger racquet and a whiffleball, so play is slower as well, allowing for greater reaction time.
The unveiling of pickleball at the dome on Sept. 8 was part of the facility’s open house, which also shone the light on the new roof covering that was installed over the summer.
The dome’s programming includes tennis, soccer, flag football, running and walking on the rubberized track, and now pickleball.
NEW SPORT: Don Cameron, left photo, and Linda Vickers were among the individuals who attended last week’s open house at the sports dome in Alexandria, where they tried out the new pickleball equipment. More photos can be viewed online at...