Pickleball has come to Grimsby with the opening of four new dedicated courts.
The courts, at Mayfair Park, were opened on Saturday, July 16.
Two of the courts are operated by the town and are open to the public, and the other two are operated by the newly formed Grimsby Pickleball Association and are open to members.
Grimsby Pickleball Association will also use their two courts for programming, such as the introduction to pickleball sessions on July 23 and July 30, 9 to 10 a.m. (registration required).
Previously, pickleball was available on temporary courts at the Peach King Centre, but the courts at Mayfair Park are the first dedicated courts in Grimsby.
Although pickleball is sometimes associated with seniors, Grimsby Pickleball Club president Shelley Trocki stressed that everyone is welcome.
"At the end of the day, (the courts) are open to everybody," she said.
Even this week, Trocki said she saw children as young as eight playing on the courts, and turnout has been strong. "It has been awesome," she said, estimating that one day, there were around 40 to 45 people playing.
"It shows how popular the sport is," she added.
The town is currently offering a rental program at the Peach King Centre for people needing to borrow paddles and balls. The public can take the equipment to the new courts.
The courts at Mayfair Park are available daily from 9 a.m. to dusk. Courts one and two are available for drop-in use, while courts three and four are available for the Grimsby Pickleball Association.
For more information about the courts and for the access code, visit www.grimsby.ca/pickleballcourts.
Chris Pickles, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News