New Harris County Pickleball Courts to Open as Interest in Sports Grows – Houston Public Media

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Pickleball has become an increasingly popular sport. It’s a mixture of table tennis, tennis and badminton.

Three new pickleball courts will open in Harris County on Tuesday at the Weekley Community Center in Cypress. In addition to new courts, it will provide regular equipment and lessons.

The sport itself – a mix of badminton, ping pong and tennis – has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly during the pandemic, said pickleball instructor Mike Goldberg.

“It was something you could during the pandemic where you didn’t have to get close to anyone, and you didn’t have to be in a room with a crowd of people,” he said. -he declares. “Second, it’s been growing for a long time because anyone can do it; there’s even wheelchair pickleball.”

Goldberg also pointed out that the sport is popular among older people and former tennis players. This is because the court is smaller and does not require as much running over a large area as tennis.

“You only have to walk about 25 feet from where you serve the ball to where you play,” he said. “You can just walk briskly. You don’t have to run to play the game. It’s much gentler on the body.”

It’s also more social than other sports, he says.

“People do it for the exercise and the social aspect of it,” he said.

Bumpy Pickle opened this year in trendy EaDo and offers courts as well as food and drink. Another pickleball bar, PKL Social, is set to open later this year along the Washington Ave corridor.

Goldberg said another reason pickleball is growing is because it’s relatively inexpensive to play. Compared to tennis or golf, equipment for pickleball is not as expensive.

“A pickleball racquet can cost as little as $25, while a tennis racquet will likely cost $100 or more,” he said. “You don’t need any equipment other than shoes. The ball is about $1 and they last a while.”

All three courts will open in the district of Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle. He said residents of Precinct 4 were “eager to play”.

“We recently opened two new community soccer fields in the Gulfton area, and next week I will be cutting the ribbon on three brand new outdoor pickleball fields at the Richard and Meg Weekley Community Center in Cypress,” he said. declared in an e-mail. statement. “It’s all part of Precinct 4’s commitment to public service and our belief that sport helps build community and helps us come together as neighbors.”

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