Pickleball play promised in park
Trail Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the City’s new Pickleball courts at Butler Park will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on June 21. The courts, recently converted from one of the park’s tennis courts, will accommodate the avid Pickleball players from the Region.
“The Pickleball players were very driven and passionate about the court conversion,” says Robert Baker, deputy director of Parks and Recreation. “They spearheaded the fundraising campaign and were able to receive $19,040 towards converting one tennis court into four Pickleball courts.”
Pickleball, a racket sport requiring solid paddles and a perforated ball, is one of the fastest growing sports in North America for all ages and skill levels. “We’ve seen an increase in demand for the sport and we’re happy to provide the players an outdoor venue,” continues Baker. “We invite everyone to the ribbon-cutting ceremony to see the new courts and try out the sport.”
Major sponsors for the court conversion are: Columbia Basin Trust, $15,500; Kootenay Savings Community Foundation, $2,540 and Teck Trail Operations, $1,000. The City of Trail has also contributed approximately $5,000 in staff time and resources.