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South Street Pickleball Courts Crowded, Players Seek Alternatives

South Street Pickleball Courts Crowded: In a recent Facebook post on the JP Pickleball page, the growing popularity of pickleball at South Street Mall was celebrated alongside a call for better management of court usage. The courts have become a hub of activity on weekends, prompting organizers to urge players to explore alternative venues.

According to the post, the camaraderie and joy on the courts are palpable, but overcrowding has become a concern. “Please take some time this summer to explore other places to play. If you’ve attended four or more Saturday sessions, consider signing up later in the week or skipping a session to give others a chance,” the message advised.

Volunteering was also encouraged as a means to secure playing time at South Street. Addressing community feedback, the post acknowledged that non-pickleball players, including tennis and basketball enthusiasts, have voiced frustration over limited court availability.

To address this, a new policy will reserve the basketball court close to Carolina for basketball play until after 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays. A corresponding sign will reinforce this change, ensuring clarity and fairness in court usage. Notably, there was no immediate mention of adjustments for tennis players.

“Starting this week, you will see that the basketball court bordering Carolina won’t be used for pickleball until after 9:30 a.m. to allow for basketball players to enjoy early summer Saturday play”- (postt)

Responding to ongoing demand, the city plans to convert one of English High School’s tennis courts into four additional pickleball courts later this year, underscoring efforts to accommodate the sport’s burgeoning popularity.

This initiative reflects a proactive approach to balancing community recreational needs, aiming to promoting inclusivity and equitable access to sports facilities amidst growing interest in pickleball.

News in Brief: South Street Pickleball Courts Crowded

The South Street Pickleball Courts have become increasingly popular, prompting concerns about overcrowding. Organizers encourage players to explore alternative venues and consider volunteering to manage court usage. To address this, a new policy reserves the close basketball court until 9:30 a.m. on Saturdays for basketball players. Additionally, plans are underway to convert one of English High School’s tennis courts into four new pickleball courts to accommodate the growing demand.

Also read: Indoor Pickleball Club at Newtown Shopping Center is Set to Open

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