Pickleball continues to grow in the area with four new courts installed recently at Wallingford’s Harrison Park. The Wallingford expansion comes on the heels of Cheshire Park unveiling six dedicated pickleball courts earlier this year. Indoor facilities in Rocky Hill and North Haven are also popular with area players.
Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, with 26-40 round holes, over a net.
The sport shares features of other racquet sports: the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications.
Wallingford pickleball player Bob Danielson has played for six years.
“The sport is growing in players 50-and-under, especially the 20-to-40 year-old range,” Danielson said.
“This sport has really taken off in Connecticut the last two years. Pickleball is like the Field of Dreams, if you build it, they will come.”