New to City Park Facts in 2017 is the sport of Pickleball. Developed by “three dads on Bainbridge Island in the Seattle area” in 1965, it combines tennis, badminton and ping-pong and can be played both indoors and outdoors on “a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net.” To play, you need paddles and a plastic ball with holes. The game can be played with single players or as doubles, much like tennis.
The USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) is the non-profit corporation that promotes Pickleball and tells two stories of origin of the name. One story gives them from the sport of rowing, in which a pickle boat is a collection of rowers chosen from the leftovers of other boats. The other story is that one of the families had a cocker spaniel named Pickles who was a regular presence in the early games played on a recycled backyard badminton court.
There are 420 Pickleball courts in the 100 largest cities parks systems, with Albuquerque in the lead with 37 courts. Overall, there are over 4,500 locations with over 15,000 indoor and outdoor Pickleball courts in the USA and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.usapa.org/
Check out the recent news story on Pickleball from CBS Early Morning:
City Park Facts 2017 will debut in mid-April.