Pickleball is a sport that combines aspects of badminton, tennis and ping-pong. The game, which uses a plastic ball and a slightly modified tennis net, can be played both indoors and outdoors. Local fans of the game are in luck, as a recent renovation has incorporated the game into an existing Wichita park.
Wichita Parks and Recreation has completed a project converting two courts at Edgemoor Park Tennis into pickleball courts.
Indoor pickleball courts at local recreation centers are at maximum capacity. This level of interest in the game has created a high demand for additional courts. By converting the existing tennis courts, Wichita has the ability to provide outdoor matches and host tournaments.
“Pickleball is for all ages and skill levels and it’s is easy to learn,” said Troy Houtman, director of Park & Recreation. “It can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.”
Funded by a grant presented by the Lattner Family Foundation to the Wichita Parks Foundation, the project the project was initiated by a local pickleball group. Working with the parks foundation, the group was able to collect $12,000 in grant funds. Plans are in place to pursue an additional grant next year for the addition of two more pickleball courts at Edgemoor Park.