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2018-05-19 12:47:39

Central Park pickleball/tennis courts officially open
ASHLAND Pickleball and tennis players now have a brand-new stomping ground at Central Park.
After a little over a year of preparation and construction the previous tennis court area is now resurfaced and opened. The area features not only three tennis courts, but also six pickleball courts, causing elation among many pickleball players.
"It's a dream come true," said Bob Stacey, who helped bring pickleball to the area around four years ago.
Stacey was part of a small group who came out to play some matches on the new courts on Tuesday. He said he had been at it from 8:30 a.m. up until around noon.

Stacey is a member of the Ashland Pickleball Club and touched on the growth the sport has seen locally over the years. He said the amount of participants playing at one time at locations including the Ashland Area YMCA and the Ashland Tennis Center has expanded from a handful to now 26-30 players.
Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It's played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes and can be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.
Stacey noted the sport is less strenuous on the hips and knees than tennis, adding that the smaller court in comparison to a tennis court also makes playing easier.
The city allocated over $200,000 towards renovations for the pickleball/tennis court, said Parks and Recreation Director Sean Murray following the court's ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

Park Board Chairman Dr. E.B. Gevedon said the resurfacing project has seen some setbacks since it began, noting there have been a lot of weather and technical delays.
"It was an old facility that we needed to retrofit and repair and that was difficult," he said, adding that the new courts have been engineered very well.
Gevedon also pointed out that renovating the tennis court area has been a long time coming, saying the desire to do the project goes back at least 10-15 years. He said the Park Board is now excited to have the project completed, especially with the inclusion of pickleball courts.
"That is an exploding sport. People love it and it transcends all age groups so it really broadens the use of the park ... the Park Board is delighted that this is happening," he said.
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