COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Pickleball – it’s like playing ping-pong on the ground.
“The court is the size of a badminton court, the net’s 34 inches high. It’s a sport for the whole family. They’ve set up rules so that speed and wisdom all help in this sport,” said Ramona Boone, Great Plains Regional co-director and treasurer of the Pikes Peak Pickleball Association.
It’s a social sport, usually played with four people.
“We have club members age 7 to 87,” Boone said.
Now, they’ll get to play on the new pickleball 15-court facility at Monument Valley Park.
“It’s in replace to an older facility we had here before with asphalt courts. These are not post tension concrete courts,” said Karen Palus, director for Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services for the City of Colorado Springs.
The PPPA says nearly 600 people in Colorado Springs play the sport.
More than half of them are already signed up for the tournament next week.
“We have teachers, we have engineers, we have social workers, we have every walk of life you can think of just down here playing and mingling,” Boone said.
They’re coming from 25 states, Canada and Mexico.
“Pickleball is a sport where you can just forget everything else and just have a great time with family and friends,” Boone said.
PRCS and the PPPA raised nearly $200,000 for the court’s reconstruction.
That project in total cost $650,000.
The new facility is open to the public and if you’re new to the game, they offer free lessons every Saturday.