Wichita Park & Recreation has completed a renovation project at Edgemoor Park Tennis Courts, converting two of eight tennis courts into pickleball courts.
Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court, with a slightly modified tennis net. The game is played with a plastic ball.
“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.”
The demand for more courts has been high since indoor courts are at maximum usage at recreation centers. Players have expressed interest in adding additional courts in order to provide outdoor matches and to host tournaments in Wichita.
The renovation project was funded by a grant presented to the Wichita Parks Foundation through the Lattner Family Foundation. The project was initiated by a local pickleball group who worked with the parks foundation to secure $12,000 in grant funds. An additional grant will be pursued in 2016 for completion of two more pickleball courts at Edgemoor Park. Both tennis and pickleball will be played at the courts.
Wichita Park & Recreation supports 127 parks, eight recreation centers, nine swimming pools, 52 athletic fields, five golf courses, six interactive fountains, numerous adult and youth-based activities and athletics programs and 2,407 acres of rights-of-way. For more information, please visit the Park & Recreation web site at www.wichita.gov.