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Public invited to July 17 ribbon cutting with refreshments, opportunities for play.

COURTESY PHOTO: CAROL COHEN - Sandy has two new pickleball courts available with a membership and by reservation on the old Cedar Ridge Middle School tennis courts. With COVID-19 restrictions lifted, many are looking for ways to safely return to "normal" socialization. For those who enjoy recreating with others, the city of Sandy just added a new option: pickleball.

Through an effort spearheaded by city events coordinator Carol Cohen, Cedar Ridge Middle School recently gained two pickleball courts, available by reservation.

For $15 a year for residents or $20 a year for non-residents, people can purchase a membership to use the courts. Children under 16 can play for free.

"People have called for years asking if we have any pickleball courts," Cohen said. "For years, about 30-40 people in Sandy have had to leave town to find a place to play."

Now, because of numerous volunteer hours, donations, grants and sponsorships from Sandy's Helping Hands, Avamere and Humana, Cohen can tell her frequent callers "yes."

If you go

What: Ribbon cutting for Sandy pickleball courts

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 17

Where: Cedar Ridge Middle School, 17100 Bluff Road, Sandy

Cost: Free

Reservations can be made through the Sandy Community/Senior Center and those signed up for a time slot will receive instructions on how to access the stored equipment. COURTESY PHOTO: CAROL COHEN - A ribbon cutting, complete with refreshments and recreation, is scheduled for July 17 at the pickleball courts.

These new courts are not only a benefit for pickleball enthusiasts in the area, but area schools, which will use the courts in their physical education programs.

During the summer, however, the courts will be mostly there for the public at-large and open from 8 a.m. to dusk.

The courts are available for play now, but from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 17, Cohen will host an official ribbon cutting ceremony, inviting everyone to come out and enjoy refreshments and recreation at the courts.

Though there are only two courts at the moment, Cohen hopes to expand and be able to host tournaments in Sandy.

"Anybody can play this game," Cohen assured. "I'm pretty excited to be able to offer this program."


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