Pickleball is a sport which is quickly rising in popularity around the world including Regina.
The game, which is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis, is one that sees many players in Regina both young and old, but finding a place to play had been a problem especially in the winter when outdoor courts couldn’t be used.
On Saturday, Mayor Sandra Masters and others were on hand at Evraz Place for the grand opening of the Queen City Pickleball Hub. That facility, located in Canada Centre, sees 12 courts that can be used year-round.
Always great to have @CityofRegina Council Members on @evrazplacelive campus. Thanks @loribresciani and Mayor Masters for joining us at the launch of the #queencitypickleballhub today! Packed house, pile of fun, and a great new recreational space! pic.twitter.com/9aNhUCtorS
— Tim Reid (@timreid62) July 17, 2021
Rick Beattie with Pickleball Regina says this is great news.
“Pickleball Regina has about 900 members, but there are many who play outside when the weather co-operates. If it is raining or if its winter, those courts aren’t usable so having this facility is great for our sport. A lot of work has been put into this and it is fantastic. There aren’t many facilities like this in Canada so we are very excited to have it.
While the sport is thought of by many to be one aimed at the older demographic, Beattie says that isn’t necessary the case. He says while there are a lot of older people playing, they have several younger people playing as well with the youngest being eight years old.
Those looking for information on the sport are invited to check out the groups website at queencitypickleballhub.com