The London (Ontario) International Airport recently announced it has opened a free pickleball court on the northeast side of the airport parking lot. Read the full article from the London News Today here.
"Baby boomers were some of the earliest adopters of the sport, though the number of 18–to-34-year-olds taking up the game is rising steadily. With fun and fitness often cited as the reason so many have picked up a racquet, it’s worth finding out just how much of a workout you get during a game of pickleball." Read the full article from Jill Barker in the Vancouver Sun here.
"Not long ago, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee showed up on Bainbridge Island, at the original court. He said, "London can have Wimbledon, Rome can have the Coliseum. But we have the epicenter of the world today, where pickleball started, on Bainbridge Island." View the KOMO News report looking back to the birth of pickleball.
"The courts on Wain Road have been the source of what North Saanich staff call regular public complaints about a variety of issues, including play after posted hours." Their solution: "Professional security guards to patrol pickleball courts in North Saanich." Read the full article from Saanich News here.
Courts located too close to residential neighbourhoods is becoming a major and ongoing issue throughout the pickleball world. Players and peeved neighbours trading volleys about the noise. Here's an article from the Massachusetts based Provincetown Independent.
On Saturday, June 18th., the Nanaimo Pickleball Club put on a charity tournament with all proceeds going to Ukraine Aid. The event was very successful with many businesses and members providing auction items and donations. All the registration fees are being donated to Ukraine Aid and the court time was donated by a local resort. In total, over $6,400 was raised and will be donated to Ukraine Aid. More information, pictures and results here.
"Pickleball play has been banned from the town’s six outdoor courts in Virgil. A court in Welland ruled on Wednesday that the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the NOTL Pickleball Club violated the town’s noise bylaw by allowing pickleball games on six courts in Centennial Sports Park." Read the full article from Niagara Now here.
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