Published : Monday, July 10, 2017 | 6:45 PM
The Pasadena Recreation and Parks Commission on Tuesday will consider the recommendation by Pasadena Recreation Supervisor Kenny James to dedicate two tennis courts at Allendale Park exclusively for use as pickleball courts “until new courts have been built.”
James did not provide details about when or where new pickleball courts are going to be built by the City.
His recommendation to convert the Allendale Park courts comes on the heels of two community outreach meetings, one on April 11th and the other on May 9th, at which almost 30 members of the public showed up to discuss the future of pickleball in Pasadena.
A sudden recent surge of interest in the sport has led to public discussion about the need for permanent city courts to support and grow the sport, while tennis players are concerned about losing full-sized courts dedicated to tennis.
In March Pasadena’s Human Services and Recreation Department reported that pickleball was being played more hours per week than tennis at the Allendale court, which has been used as a multi-function court since last year, and that four more sites in Pasadena were being eyed as potential pickleball game courts.
At one of the community meetings, according to City records, an unidentified tennis player argued that the city should not even consider allowing the conversion of tennis courts into pickleball courts. Another tennis player said that pickleball players are “aggressive and rude.”
For their part, pickleball players attending the two earlier community meetings said the city has 79 dedicated tennis courts, and all they were asking for was one park to be dedicated to pickleball.
Created in 1965, pickleball is a modified amalgam of badminton, ping-pong, and tennis. A report written for the Medical University of South Carolina points out that “the senior age group has been attracted to the sport because it is easy to play, very social and less stressful on muscles, tendons and joints.”
Played both indoors and outdoors on a badminton-sized court using a slightly modified tennis net, pickleball is played in either doubles or singles.
For information about Pasadena Pickleball group, see this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pasadenapickleball/
The Commission will meet at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the City Yards at 233 West Mountain Street in Pasadena. For a copy of the agenda, click here.