Anyone For Pickleball?

Very quietly — without any fanfare or even publicity — Westport added 2 pickleball courts right next to the Compo Beach skate park.

They’re in a previously unused area of the parking lot. Yesterday, they got plenty of action.

Pickleball

Meanwhile, around the corner by the cannons, life was a little slower:

Comp Beach - August 16, 2015 - 2

Compo Beach - August 16, 2015

 

13 responses to “Anyone For Pickleball?

  1. Love that cloud shot in the bottom pic. Never heard of pickleball.

  2. Sharon Paulsen

    Love the beach photos!

  3. “unused area of the parking lot” — I remember the days when cars were turned away because it was full. I supposed this also reduces capacity (and PAL revenue) for 4th of July fireworks.

  4. Nancy W Hunter

    Pickleball? Must read up on the rules.
    Is it an Olympic sport, like beach volleyball?

  5. Marcia Bingham

    Pickleball is tons of fun. I’m going to be in Westport for a high school reunion in mid September. I’ll have my pickleball stuff with me and will be looking for folks to play. I’ll also be glad to introduce newcomers to the game 🙂
    Nancy, it is played in the Senior Olympics.

  6. What I find most curious is, as you state, these courts popped up “without fanfare or even publicity”. Was there a demand for them that compelled the town to dedicate funds and real estate to build them?

    While I am sure it is a perfectly fine and fun game and I hope the courts get round the clock use now that they are there, I had never heard the term “pickleball” mentioned once in any of the marathon discussions on the beach “improvement” plans. I recall at the charrette that was held at Bedford JHS before the plans hit the media that one of the groups suggested a bocci court, which seemed like a pretty neat and simple addition that the property could have worked in.

    Granted I only attended the charrette, one of the Town Hall meetings on the beach improvement and watched one on TV, so this may have been mentioned elsewhere and I do hope that it was addressed in the final plans that were approved. But it seems most curious that these materialized, and so quickly, after so much discussion on what changes should or should not take place at Compo.

    Personally, I would have preferred to see the Porta-Potties replaced or hidden (or at least not be two different colors) before addressing the needs of the legion of Westport pickleballers.

  7. a camel is a horse designed by a committee. A pickle ball court is a paddle court designed by the town Parks and Rec……

  8. Very quietly is an apt description of how
    Charlie H (I never could spell well) is
    rehabiliting our historic town focus on
    our enoying the outdoors. IMHO he is to be
    commended. Brian Strong

  9. Nancy W Hunter

    Whether pickleball, lawn bowling or bocce, each and every town should have a sports venue that keeps its citizens (and visitors) happy and healthy.
    No argument.
    Although, the name “pickle ball” could be refined. “Pritchard Ball’?

  10. Google “Fastest-Growing Sport in America” and you’ll see lots of pickleball articles. It’s especially popular among seniors–fast moving, competitive, but easier on the old bones than tennis.

    To see the game in action, here’s the 2014 NBC News item, “Pickleball: The Fastest-Growing Sport in America.” http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nightly-news/pickleball-the-fastest-growing-sport-in-america-199360067605

    From the transcript:

    “IF THE PICKLEBALL CRAZE HAS NOT YET HIT YOUR TOWN, STAND BY, IT’S ON ITS WAY. PICKLEBALL IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING SPORTS IN AMERICA, AND CAN BE PLAYED BY JUST ABOUT ANYONE. INCLUDING 91-YEAR-OLD LEE KRITZER”

    Looks like it’s hit our town!

    • Why are we not using the paddle tennis courts at Longshore where there is shade as the courts are the same size? Paddle tennis is not played in the summer as the balls need cool to be hard enough.
      The Compo Beach site takes up a lot of parking spaces and is, of course, not shaded. Also, aren’t approvals required prior to construction?

  11. My point as well, Carol. We may look back and see that these courts were installed at the vanguard of a nationwide public recreation movement…..but, I do not remember them being discussed as a must have in Longshore improvement project. Plus, I have been walked passed them the last 4 days and they were empty. Still would have preferred to see the porta-johns either replaced or hidden behind some stockade fence first.