Pickleball player and organizer Larry Brekken told the Park Board he’s “really appreciative” of the pickleball courts that were put in a year ago at Schuster Park and asked if their two-days-a-week schedule was still acceptable with the department, and requested they be allowed to use the east side of Schuster so they could utilize four courts during the summer months.
Pickleball is played Sundays from 2-4 p.m. and Wednesdays starting at 4:30 p.m. in Schuster Park, located at Memorial Drive and Locken Boulevard, and, during the winter months, they play at the Wellness Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
“Gym space is at a premium and this past year we’ve been able to go to the Wellness Center at UMC,” Brekken explained. “If you’ve never been there, it’s a heck of an asset to our community; a beautiful place.”
Brekken added that pickleball in Crookston “just keeps growing” for them.
Riopelle asked Brekken if it would be possible to have them use portable nets as they’ve had kids roll the standards around and “drag it across the rubberized courts” causing damage.
Brekken answered saying they’ve used portables during tournaments like Ox Cart Days, so that shouldn’t be an issue.
“If anyone ever wants to come and see what it’s like, we always have extra equipment,” Brekken offered Park Board members.