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BREC seeks to supply pickleball to tennis and basketball courts

BREC seeks to supply pickleball to tennis and basketball courts

Pickleball, a relative parent of tennis and badminton, is perhaps the fastest growing sport in America, and it competes with tennis for participants and real estate.

BREC officials say the parks agency is working to meet demand in Baton Rouge at new and existing facilities.

“We realize the tremendous popularity and growth of pickleball across the country and locally,” Reed Richards, assistant superintendent of system planning for BREC, said via email. “So we are moving forward to meet the needs of the growing number of pickleball players throughout the parish.”

Richards says BREC is in the midst of a system-wide study of its vast inventory of outdoor tennis and basketball courts to determine where it can supply new pickleball courts, as well as other sports ground. You can fit four pickleball courts on a standard tennis court, according to SportMaster.

BREC has built 12 new dedicated pickleball courts at Greenwood Community Park, says Ryan Vineyard, who manages BREC’s tennis facilities. There are four outdoor courts at the Highland Road Community Park location and 17 pickleball courts at eight different neighborhood park tennis courts scattered around the parish, as well as courts at seven indoor gymnasiums, he said.

New pickleball courts are also planned at the system’s next community park on the Airline Freeway, where construction is expected to begin next year.

You can read more about BREC’s pickleball offerings here.

This story originally appeared in a May 27 issue of Daily report. To follow Baton Rouge business and politics, subscribe for free Daily report e-newsletter here.

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