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After a successful run indoors this winter, pickleball is now going outside to Raymond Park in Pocatello.
This spring, crews with the City’s Parks and Recreation Department added pickleball lines to the four existing tennis courts at the park. Now, the facility is also able to accommodate four pickleball games.
“We’ve had a great response so far from residents who’ve utilized the pickleball courts at the Community Recreation Center,” said John Banks, Parks and Recreation Director. “So, we felt it was appropriate to add a few courts outside to take advantage of Pocatello’s summer months.”
Pickleball combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis on a court similar in size to doubles badminton. Because of the smaller court size and decreased ball speed, the sport is much more accessible to a wider range of players, especially children and seniors.
“Don’t let accessibility fool you though. It’s a game that’s easy to pick up but challenging enough for those looking for competition,” Banks said.
Court use at Raymond Park is free to the public and on a first come, first served basis.
For more information on all the services, facilities, and programs offered by the City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department, visit pocatello.us/pr.