RAVES & RANTS: Outside Pickleball courts coming to Pickering

I live in Pickering and the city never ceases to amaze me. The city has major initiatives and recreational programs aimed at the ‘older crowd. Watch what they have in store for September.

Pickering is a leader city in the province of Ontario. The mayor, Dave Ryan, his staff and the volunteer committees working on behalf of the city are to be highly commended.

Pickleball….read more!!

Older people cannot do the full slate of dynamic and vibrant exercises that younger but they can hold a candle to many of that latter group. Pickleball is one sport that is growing incredibly among the older crowd.

Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. Yeah, you young people can join in the competition with the older folks, but be aware, you could lose. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. Played with a paddle and a wiffle ball, a plastic ball with holes. Played as doubles or singles.

City of Pickering is on top of the game
The city has painted outdoor courts for residents in the heart of the city. Located on the Pickering parkway at the Village East Park.

The contract was undertaken by Barber Sports Surfaces, a company which specializes in installation and construction of sports facilities such as the painting contract in Pickering.

Shawnee Moran, construction site manager, used pickleball court dimensions to mask out the lines on an old tennis court which the city decided to convert for dual use, pickleball and tennis. However, users should be aware that the nets on the court may be a consideration in playing on the modified courts.

Still, Moran crew got a break from the days of rain with the court drying out for a couple of days. Though it was cool, working conditions were ideal and the crew of Moran and painters Wilbert and Alex spent less than half a day to complete the contract.

Bravo City of Pickering…you never stop surprising your residents.

 

Crewman Alex has been doing this kind of work for years.

Crewman Wilbert is the Rembrandt of recreational painting jobs.

 

 

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