The public is invited to an open house Wednesday, November 4 on a proposal to convert two tennis courts in Peterson Park into six courts for pickleball, a new sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. The meeting is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Southwood Clubhouse, 5000 Tipperary Trail. Peterson Park is just south of Highway 2 off Southwood Drive, which is about five blocks west of 27th Street.
Parks and Recreation Director Lynn Johnson said the proposal came from a group of local pickleball enthusiasts. The sport is played with a paddle smaller than a tennis racquet and a wiffleball. The court has a center net and is about one-quarter the size of a tennis court. Johnson said the sport has become especially popular with older adults because it is very social and less physically demanding than tennis.
Those attending the open house will learn more about pickleball and have the opportunity to review and comment on the proposal. For more information, contact J.J. Yost, Parks and Recreation, at 402-441-8255. More information about pickleball is available at the USA Pickleball Association website at usapa.org.