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COURT VICTORY ... Palo Alto's growing community of pickleball players clapped and cheered on Tuesday night, when the Parks and Recreation Commission backed a plan that would create eight courts at Mitchell Park dedicated to the city's fastest-growing sport. By a unanimous vote, the commission supported a redesign of several tennis courts at the park to support the popular paddle-and-ball sport that has been winning a legion of followers in recent years. Under this plan, the city would convert one tennis court into four pickleball courts and establish two more dedicated pickleball courts at a vacant space next to them. These would supplement the two dedicated courts that the city had recently established at the site of underused paddleball courts. In addition, the city will designate two other tennis courts at Mitchell Park as dual use, with pickleball getting priority from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and tennis getting priority from 3 to 10 p.m. (When these courts aren't in use, anyone can play, provided they relinquish the space once players of the "priority" sport arrive.) Dozens of pickleball players attended the meeting to cheer the new plan, which means they will no longer have to set up their own nets on tennis courts every time they want to play. "We'll be able to teach a lot more youth," said Monica Williams, president of the Palo Alto Pickleball Club. "This gives us the possibility of people just coming in and playing, rather than having to put up a net."

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2 people like this
Posted by HS parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2019 at 6:50 am

Thanks for the hard work, Monica!

Looking forward to the courts - what is the ETA?

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Posted by Greg Plepp
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 29, 2019 at 6:19 pm

Victory, pickleballers! The traditional voices in the community tried to silence us, but they can't stop the peacenik pickleball lifestyle. The PB train is rolling like a flower bullet and we will not stop. Finally, we can proudly march out of the backyard. Onto the next campaign.. :)

How long will the new parking palace take to erect? Nuthouse is a fun go-to when the Old Pro line is just too long (we still need a second gay bar I think). If we're lucky, it'll bring a couple more fluorescent lit poké joints to Cal Ave.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2019 at 8:34 am

We don't play pickleball, but we are always glad to see more people getting their exercise, especially senior citizens. Pickleball is an easier sport for older people than tennis or basketball.

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