Huntsville Spends $160,000 for New Pickleball Courts
During Monday’s electronic town council meeting in Huntsville, staff reported on the building of dedicated pickleball courts.
Councilors heard that Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in Ontario. It is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis. In the Town of Huntsville there is a group of approximately 135 pickleball players, and they have asked for dedicated outdoor facilities.
The Town had considered converting the Meadow park tennis courts, but tennis players were strongly opposed to this. The new pickleball courts will be located on the north side of Williams St, in the McCulley Robertson Recreation Park.
The courts will be funded through the Parkland Obligatory funds for $160,000.
Some discussion was held among councilors about possibly having 4, 6 or 8 courts, but in the end council decided to proceed with 4 new courts for now.
Meanwhile in Gravenhurst, the tennis courts at Muskoka Bay Park will be temporarily closed until May 31st.
The town says the purpose of the temporary closure is to accommodate modifying one of the tennis court surfaces to create a new pickle ball court.