Willoughby Hills takes over the pickleball phenomenon | Lake County
The game of pickleball, which dates back to 1965, could be a new addition to Willoughby Hills in mid-June.
A combination of racquetball, table tennis and tennis, according to the USA Pickleball Association, plans are underway for the two tennis courts located at 35405 Chardon Road behind the Town Hall building in order to continue the story of the game.
The poles are currently being installed, but weather conditions made it difficult to break through the asphalt due to the mud, according to the Willoughby Hills Recreation Commission.
Once all the posts are installed, fences will be installed, as well as an additional fence that will separate the first two courts.
According to the Recreation Commission, the next steps are the completion of two of the four proposed courts and discussion with the pickleball players. The process depends on all the time.
“When we approved the pickleball courts, the budget was $ 8,000 to take two of the tennis courts and turn them into four pickleball courts,” said Sandy Grubiss, commissioner.
The breakdown of the fund for the courts includes paint, fencing, windshield and additional labor, Grubiss said.
“My husband donated the fence to the Garfield property for free,” Grubiss said of the old Garfield school property. The Willoughby-Eastlake School District sold the property to a private buyer, who donated the fence. “He said that would make a big divider, so he reached out and they were happy to donate, which was great.”
According to the USA Pickleball Association, there are now nearly 8,500 locations on the USA Pickleball Places2Play map. The spread of the sport is attributed to its popularity in community centers, physical education classes, YMCA facilities and retirement communities.