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by Mark Cheffey
Pickleball enthusiasts will soon have a new place to play their sport.
Work was completed last week to convert the two Flower City Park tennis courts into six pickleball courts and are slated to open this Friday.
“It’s exciting,” said Doug Meyers, the city’s parks & recreation director who said plans have been in the works for sometime to develop a venue for the sport which is quickly growing in popularity around the country.
“We’ve had a lot of people wanting a place to play, and its great to be able to provide that for them,” Meyers said, noting there have also been requests for pickleball equipment rental, leagues and tournaments.
The work to convert the tennis courts to pickleball courts was completed by NOVA, a nationally-known company specializing in that type of work.
The results were brightly painted courts with special nets installed.
“They really look nice,” said Meyers, who was pleased with the final product.
He was also surprised by how quickly the company was in completing the project that was not expected to be done until October.
Meyers said the company had another project to do locally and so was able to get them both completed.
Plans are to offer leagues and tournaments, but said those will be planned starting in the spring.
“In the meantime, we want people to start learning the game and playing it,” Meyers said, comparing it to a cross between ping-pong and tennis, and that is ideal for all ages and as a singles game or with partners.
Meyers said he wants to alert the public to some rules in order to protect the new courts.
Players are only allowed to wear tennis shoes on the courts and are limited to one hour on the court if others are waiting.
Skateboards, scooters, bikes, in-line skates, vaping/smoking, food and drinks on courts and pets are prohibited.