The game is played on badminton-sized courts using a perforated plastic ball and composite or wooden paddles about twice the size of ping-pong paddles, according to usapickleball.org.
Participation grew 14.8% from 2020 to 2021 after a 21.3% increase the previous year, the organization said. About 50% of all players are under 35 and nearly 30% are 55 or over.
Kettering earlier this year announced plans to increase the number of pickleball courts it has. That city has indoor courts at the Kettering Recreation Complex and outdoor ones at John F. Kennedy Park.
Kettering expects to start work on the Kennedy courts in August, with expected completion before the end of fall, an official said Monday.
That city now has six courts and will plans to add six more. The cost is expected to be about $303,000, with more than half of that total being covered by the Kettering Parks Foundation’s Pickleball Pals, according to Mary Beth O’Dell, the city’s parks, recreation and cultural arts director.
Oakwood’s project cost $31,582, Collins said. The courts were initially budgeted for 2021, but weather and material delays pushed the work back, she added.
“We’re just excited that we finally have them,” Collins said. “We know that we have people who have started to play. So, we’re just glad that the project is done.”