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DIANA NELSON JONES Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – – NOV 23, 2020 Over the past few years. I had seen neighbors Donna and Laurie walking together to the Allegheny YMCA in workout gear. One day we stopped to talk, and they told me that they play pickleball together. I might have made a funny face, or even…

Tennis courts at Andre Reed and Roosevelt parks in Allentown, PA, are getting the upgrade for pickleball.

How difficult can it be to hit a ball with a racquet across a net on a small playing court?

The growing popularity of the sport – it’s a combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton – has prompted local Pickleball enthusiasts in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to ask their elected officials about providing some type of accommodation.

A pick-up pickleball game netted cash this week for the West Chester, Pennsylvania, Food Cupboard.

Maybe you’ve shared that curiosity. Like me, you’ve wondered how an activity with such a silly name could become so popular. And you’ve been puzzled by the fact that this emerging sport owes most of its popularity to aging Baby Boomers. Since when do older people start new recreational trends?  

It’s a new year, so how about trying a new sport: pickleball. Seriously, that’s the goofy name of a fast-growing game that’s a combination of tennis, ping-pong and badminton.

Six aging, underused tennis courts at D.F. Buchmiller County Park in West Lampeter are being converted to pickleball courts.

Plans to turn South Fayette Township, PA, into a regional mecca for pickleball have stalled.

Starting Jan. 11, kids in Ross Township, Pennsylvania, and surrounding communities between the ages of 8 and 14 can learn the ins-and-outs of pickleball.

HIT: Scores of people play pickleball at Canonsburg’s Town Park, and they now have some sparkling new courts on which to play the game, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Avid player and Town Park pickleball coordinator Doug McKenery credits 1972 Olympic javelin medalist and Canonsburg native Bill Schmidt for getting the ball […]

Karen MansfieldJul 24, 2019 Pickleball isn’t an Olympic sport (yet), but Canonsburg Town Park’s pickleball courts have an Olympic connection. The three permanent pickleball courts, which were dedicated at a ceremony at the facility Saturday, are named the gold, silver and bronze courts. The court names are a nod to one of the donors who […]

DILLON CARR   | Friday, July 19, 2019 12:08 p.m. Karen Lyons joined the team and enjoys playing in Monroeville. Pickleball game enthusiasts gathered at the recently finished pickleball courts, located next to the tennis courts at Monroeville Community Park, last week to thank the Monroeville Community for their support before beginning play. Pickleball game enthusiasts gathered at…

By David Hurst dhurst@tribdem.comJul 10, 2019 Employees George Blasko (left) and Luke Molnar, from Laurel Asphalt, of Windber, work on applying patch to the soon-to-be Windber pickleball courts along 17th Street.  Windber Borough residents will soon have a place of their own to play a popular sport with a peculiar name: pickleball. Work is underway […]

Jul. 3–Massachusetts-based developer Benchmark Senior Living plans its first project under its newly formed urban-focused division in Philadelphia, at the current site of a parking garage at 12th and Sansom Streets. Benchmark Wellness Management, as the six-month-old unit has been named, is teaming with developer Brickstone Cos. to build a 24-story tower for residents ages […]

posted in International Pickleball, Tournaments by Laura Pickleball has spread to more locations than ever before, so when you’re on the move and looking for games you can often find a few local courts via sites like the USAPA’s Places 2 Play. That being said, if you’re looking for a more pickleball-specific getaway this summer, there are events that…

By DAVID L. DYE Herald Staff WriterJun 17, 2019 HERMITAGE — Officials at Buhl Park previously hit a snag when bids for six pickleball courts came in higher than expected, but design revisions and new funding efforts may be able to close the gap. Bids for the planned pickleball courts were initially received in mid-April this […]

by Peg DeGrassa @PeggyDe5 on Twitter CONCORD — Rain may have postponed the Bocce Tournament from opening up the 2019 Senior Games at Rose Tree Park Monday morning, but an inside Pickleball Tournament went on, as planned, in Concord Township at O’Donoghue Field House. About 60 seniors competed on ten courts in what was […]

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Ben Destefan / WAYNESBORO — As part of the ongoing renovations at Memorial Park in Waynesboro, a pickleball court is being added. The project is currently in full swing, with substantial completion expected by the end of June, according to Waynesboro Borough Manager Jason Stains. New restroom facilities along with the resurfacing of the…

  GAMMA Pickleball Classic Returns To Convention Center For 2019     The GAMMA Pickleball Classic returns to Pittsburgh for 2019! May 17, 2019   Sports News (PRLEAP.COM) PITTSBURGH – GAMMA Sports will host the 2019 GAMMA Pickleball Classic at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center from July 26-28, 2019. Last year the event brought […]

Organization has more than 400 members J.W. Johnson Jr.Eagle Staff Writer May 10, 2019 Cranberry Local News CRANBERRY TWP — A little more than a year after they were officially dedicated, the township’s pickleball courts at Graham Park are buzzing with activity. And that activity will ramp up even more, as the courts host the […]

Lower Valley pickleball enthusiasts had a chance last week to receive instruction from professional player Sarah Ansboury, a four-time medalist at the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) National Tournament. Ansboury, 35, a former tennis instructor from Portland, Oregon, is the pickleball pro at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Her resume includes 2015 and 2016 doubles and mixed…

From left, are Lauranel Banks, wellness director; Ryan Pollock, volunteer pickleball coordinator; Joe Czarnecki, pickleball ambassador for Luzerne County; and Jim Thomas, executive director of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. Ryan Pollock, volunteer pickleball coordinator for the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, was presented with the 2018 certificate of appreciation for his dedication to growing the sport of […]

Council plans to go after a DCNR grant of up to $60,000 to make improvements at Christy Mathewson Park. Borough grant writer Sadie Rozenburg said the application is due April 10, and the borough hasn’t taken advantage of the opportunity in a couple of years. “They do the small communities, which is a big deal […]