Will Troutdale soon be in a pickle?
Troutdale's Parks and Facilities Division is planning on converting at least one tennis court to pickleball courts after the community expressed enthusiasm for the change.
The city of Troutdale proposed dividing one of the tennis courts at Lewellyn Park, 1700 S.E. Lewellyn Ave., into two pickleball courts. But they might convert both tennis courts, creating four pickleball venues.
About 70 people showed up at an outdoor town hall meeting at Lewellyn Park on Wednesday, July 22, demonstrating strong interest in the sport. Many attendees said the city should convert the tennis courts and do it soon, and not wait until a parks master plan is completed in 2021.
"I'm a real supporter of this," said Tim Seery, Troutdale's parks superintendent.
He said he recently played pickleball for the first time and found "it was very enjoyable. It was fun."
Pickleball is a paddle and net game played on a badminton-sized court and attracts players of all ages and skill levels.
"We can convert the courts in 30 days," Seery said.
The cost for an outside firm to do the conversion is about $8,200.
For a sport that's only been around 55 years, there are already 3.3 million players. Men make of 62% of the participants and the average age for all players is 41, according to a Sports & Fitness Industry Association report. For frequent players, 64% are 55 or older.
"My goal is to bring more recreation opportunities to Troutdale," Seery said.
Have your say
Troutdale's Public Works Department will soon develop some options for the Parks Advisory Committee to consider regarding pickleball.
The pickleball conversion will be discussed at a Parks Advisory Committee meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12.
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