June 3, 2015 — It is one of America’s fastest growing sports, attracting legions of new players from baby boomer ranks. Compared to tennis it is easy to pick up, doesn’t require as much stamina or range of motion, and is fun from the get-go. Yet all is not perfect in the state of pickleball.
Symptoms of the fallout occured in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat recently, which recounted issues concerning expansion of pickleball facilities at the large (3000 unit) Oakmont active adult community there. The article, “Oakmont in a Pickle over Pickleball“, chronicles the troubles that occurred as the community hoped to expand facilities for the fast growing sport.
The problem is a combination of the usual NIMBY issues with one inherent aspect of pickleball – the noise (Thwack!) that happens when a paddle hits the whiffle-like ball used in the sport. Nobody wants to have new courts located near their home, or near common facilities like swimming pools where residents go to relax. The problem is mostly noise, combined with possible unsightliness of the facilities. Officials have suggested that unused tennis courts could be converted to pickle ball courts and solve the problem, but advocates are not satisfied. As of the middle of May, the issue was still undecided.
More about pickleball
Pickleball definitely seems here to stay. It has so many attributes attractive to baby boomers. Here is more about the sport: “And the Newest Craze Is…Pickleball”
Comments? Have you tried pickleball yet? Do you enjoy it? Would you mind having a pickleball court near your home or swimming pool? Please share your thoughts in the Comments section below.
For further reading
Crazy for Pickleball – And Not Just Retirees