Recreation and community programs manager Grace Lee.
Pickleball is big in Gearhart but don’t underestimate its popularity in Seaside.
Along with pickleball, sports popular at the rec district for adults include a coed softball league, open gym basketball and drop-in soccer. Numbers are staying the same or staying even, she said, with the exception of one sport: pickleball.
That’s on the rise, according to Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District’s Grace Lee, manager of recreation and community programs.
Two new courts were installed in the spring of 2018, located just behind the Seaside Youth Center off of Broadway. Nets, paddles and balls are available for check-out at the front desk of Sunset Pool. Drop-in games take place every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to noon.
“This pickleball tournament in April 2020 will be our second year,” Lee said at the Tuesday, Nov. 19 district board meeting. “We wrote a grant to the city of Seaside that gave us $5,000 to run it the first year, this year it’s being funded again because it went really well. I’m hoping in three years it will sustain itself. We had 65 people the first year. I’m expecting 100 the next.”