Pickleball Gaining Ground in the Metro

Pickleball is getting a grip on the metro. The city council as approved the addition of new courts for the sport.

The game is similar to tennis with smaller courts and paddles in place of racquets.

Bill Holt is a fan and in fact the president of Nebraska Pickleball.

Holt said, “You can play as hard as you want at this. We have some people who don't move very well, but they can hit the ball really well and somehow they get it done. And we have some pretty good players too."

Holt has been in contact with the city to expand Pickleball courts in Omaha.

He said, “We have scheduled play here, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday mornings. We have some things that are more competitive, league type play."

There are six playing areas at Meadow Lane Park and 10 more are in the works down the road at Prairie Lane Park near 114th and Center.

The improvements at Prairie Lane Park go beyond new concrete and fresh paint. Those who play the sport say it is enriching, but it is also helping the community.

Holt said, “I think the Prairie Lane folks are happy to see these courts used, just like here. Some of the neighbors are just like, it is good to see these courts being used I think, again."

In fact the new courts to be built will amount to a $33,700 improvement that will include both permanent and mobile netting.

Holt credits the growth of the sport’s popularity and the desire for those of all ages to take a swing at Pickleball.

"It's an easy game to learn,” he said. “Maybe not so much to get good at."

Drop-in play is currently welcomed at Meadow Lane Park.

Omaha will host the Pickleball national state games next July.

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