Largest outside pickleball complicated in Kentucky unveiled at Tom Sawyer Park

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On Saturday, EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park hosted a grand opening ceremony for a new outdoor pickleball complex. Six of the park’s tennis courts have been converted into 16 pickleball courts, where public games, tournaments, leagues, classes, camps, and similar activities begin. The festive atmosphere included stalls with pickleball equipment and information, food stalls, music and opening games on the new pickleball courts. Professional pickleball player Riccardo Deller of Punta Gorda, Florida attended the event, greeting the crowd as the official pickleball ambassador and playing pickleball with attendees from The Park Commissioner Russ Meyer, Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville , and representatives of parks and foundations. “Kentucky has long been a leader in providing great recreational opportunities for its residents and visitors,” said Berry. “We know how important this pickleball complex is to family recreation and how great its potential is to attract tourism funds with regional tournaments that use this complex.” Demand for pickleball facilities is growing rapidly. According to a January article in The Economist, citing data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States. The article describes pickleball as a mix of tennis, badminton and table tennis. “We’re excited to add this new outdoor pickleball complex to the wide variety of recreational facilities in Kentucky State Parks,” said Meyer. “The Pickleball Complex in EP” Tom “Sawyer State Park is another example of how we have carefully invested in a recreational project that will be of great benefit.” Will set up the Pickleball Complex in early July. “We’re so happy that the pickleball courts can finally open,” said Nick Price, EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park manager. “The local pickleball community was so excited about these new places. We get a lot of calls every day. We know these places will be full every day. ”Price says the park has set up certified pickleball instructors to teach people who want to learn the sport, and groups are already scheduling games.

On Saturday, EP “Tom” Sawyer State Park hosted a grand opening ceremony for a new outdoor pickleball complex. Six of the park’s tennis courts have been converted into 16 pickleball courts, where public games, tournaments, leagues, classes, camps, and similar activities will begin.

The festive atmosphere included stalls with pickleball equipment and information, food stalls, music and opening games on the new pickleball courts. Professional pickleball player Riccardo Deller from Punta Gorda, Florida attended the event, greeting the crowd as the official pickleball ambassador, and playing pickleball with the attendees.

An opening ceremony was held with comments from Mike Berry, Kentucky Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Kentucky Department of Parks Commissioner Russ Meyer, Senator Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, and representatives from parks and foundations.

“Kentucky has long been a leader in providing great recreational opportunities for its residents and visitors,” said Berry. “We know how important this pickleball complex is for family recreation and how great its potential is to attract tourism money with regional tournaments that use this complex.”

The demand for pickleball systems is growing rapidly. According to a January article in The Economist, citing data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States. The article describes pickleball as a mix of tennis, badminton and table tennis.

“We’re excited to add this new outdoor pickleball complex to the wide variety of recreational facilities in Kentucky State Parks,” said Meyer. “The pickleball complex in EP” Tom “Sawyer State Park is another example of how we’ve invested wisely in a recreational project that will be of great benefit.”

Most of the renovation work for the courts was carried out in May and June, with the pickleball complex completed in early July.

“We’re so happy that the pickleball courts can finally open,” said Nick Price, EP manager “Tom” Sawyer State Park. “The local pickleball community was so excited about these new places. We get a lot of calls every day. We know these courts will be busy every day. “

Price said the park has set up certified pickleball instructors to teach classes to people who want to learn the sport, and groups are already scheduling game times.

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