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It will be six indoor courts of dinking and dunking March 21 when Wilson Parks and Recreation and Wilson City Little League host the Wilson Luncheon Lions Club Recreational Pickleball Tournament.

An effort to put a major tennis facility in Raleigh’s Brier Creek has grown in scope — and added more courts for the fast-growing sport of pickleball.

The project, led by Rob Autry and partner Jason DeGroff, will now include 34 tennis courts and 29 pickleball courts in addition to expanded facilities, with a 30,000-square-foot fitness facility and a 10,000-square-foot gymnasium.

The project had earlier called for 51 tennis courts and a significantly smaller number of pickleball courts. But Autry said the explosive growth of pickleball, a paddle sport played with a wiffle ball, drove the shift, especially as pickleball reels in a younger demographic. To reflect the switch, the project is now called Swing Racquet + Paddle.

The demand for the tennis-badminton-ping pong hybrid sport is so high, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is now considering a concept to build pickleball-only courts at Recreation Park in East Asheville, NC.

Last week, Asheville city officials announced that new pickleball courts are coming to the 828.  The courts will be installed at Recreation Park (near the WNC Nature Center on Gashes Creek Rd.).

SALISBURY, North Carolina: After months of back-and-forth debate, the city council on Tuesday landed on what they called a “win-win” for both tennis and pickleball players.

SALISBURY — City Council will get another swing at the pickleball court conversion talks at Tuesday’s 6 p.m. meeting at City Hall. 

The City of Asheville Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to provide their comments on a concept for designated pickleball courts at Recreation Park.  A drop-in public meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at the Stephens-Lee Community Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave., Asheville.

It looks like it could be tennis, but it sounds like ping pong and it smells like hard work. It’s pickleball!

More than 250 players from across the continent are in town to play.

House of Pickleball (H.O.P.) Owner Jan Abbott says the 4th annual “Dink for Pink” tournament supports a Wilmington’s women’s support group for women with cancer,

RALEIGH, N.C. – In an area filled with basketball, football, baseball, soccer, and hockey, could pickleball catch on?
Pickleball is a growing sport in the Triangle

Several Blowing Rock, NC, residents asked the Blowing Rock Town Council during its Sept. 10 meeting for the lower basketball court in Memorial Park to be transformed into three full-time pickleball courts.

A game for everyone, pickleball’s popularity has been exploding for the past few years. A mishmash of racquet sports such as tennis, badminton and ping-pong, the game has a wide appeal. Players use paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball, complete with perforations back and forth over a net that is lower than that used on tennis courts.

By Amanda Lehmert GREENSBORO — On a recent afternoon, neither the humidity nor the threat of an afternoon downpour deterred the Walkers and their grandsons from a jaunt to Smith Community Park. There was a little friendly smack talk, and a whole lot of furious swishing of paddles. This neighborhood park in east Greensboro— right […]

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Posted by John Hammer | May 24, 2019 | News In this case the photo says it all.  Over 100 people showed up on a rainy Thursday morning at the Smith Senior Center at 2401 Fairview St. for the grand opening of six new outdoor pickleball courts beside the center. It was clear from looking […]

TEAM SPIRIT: The Beaufort County club typically has about 10-12 players for each meeting. Pictured from left to right are Carol Preston, Bette Hamilton, Ann Scheibner, Trudy Respess, George Towle, Pamela Rice, Stan Daughtridge and Jack Gurkin. (Jamie Rice) By The Daily News By SABRINA BERNDT Washington Daily News BATH — Despite the unusual name […]

For fans of one of the fastest growing sports in America, Thursday, May 23 is a date you might want to mark on your calendar because that’s the day the six new outdoor pickleball courts at Smith Community Park at 2401 Fairview St. open for business. The grand opening will be at 10 a.m. and […]

Residents are invited to Parks and Recreation’s grand opening celebration for the City’s first outdoor pickleball complex at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Smith Community Park, 2401 Fairview St. in Greensboro. Immediately following the celebration, the courts will be available for open play and there will be a free Beginner’s Pickleball Clinic. To participate […]

Two tennis courts at City Park have been lined to accommodate six courts for pickleball. Jon C. Lakey/Salisbury Post By Liz Moomey Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 9, 2019 SALISBURY — A budget item on the consent agenda at the Jan. 2 City Council meeting caused tennis and pickleball players to raise concerns at Tuesday’s […]

Wilson Times sports editor Paul Durham tries his hand at pickleball Monday during the opening of the Greater Wilson Rotary Park on Branch Street. Brie Handgraaf | Times By Paul Durham | 265-7808 | Twitter: @PDsports Imagine playing on a life-size ping-pong — er, sorry, table tennis — table. So instead of dancing around […]

By Jon Post My family was surely among the first players when the Salisbury City Park tennis courts were built in 1965. In the summers, my parents, Rose and Eddie Post, would drop off my brother Sam and myself at 8 a.m. on their way to work. They would pick us up at noon, drop…

SALISBURY – As the city works to convert some City Park tennis courts into pickleball courts, local tennis players are calling “fault.” Salisbury Parks and Recreation is converting two of its six tennis courts — courts No. 1 and 2 at City Park — into six permanent pickleball courts. Already, pickleball lines have been drawn […]

Q: My friend recently invited me to play Pickleball with her. I had never heard of the sport. What is it, and do many seniors play? Answer: Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. This team sport can be played indoors or outdoors and takes place on a badminton court […]

Q: My friend recently invited me to play Pickleball with her. I had never heard of the sport. What is it, and do many seniors play? Answer: Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. This team sport can be played indoors or outdoors and takes place on a badminton court […]