Proposal To Turn Tennis Courts Into Pickleball Courts Gets The Thumbs Down - For Now
A proposal to turn one of Meadow Park’s tennis courts into four pickleball courts was met with resistance from a local tennis club.
Speaking to Huntsville councillors during the Feb. 24 general committee meeting, Shig Nakamoto, representing the Huntsville Racqueteers, explained why they want the courts to remain as is. Nakamoto says that while there are indoor pickleball courts in Huntsville, those wanting to play tennis indoors must go to Barrie.
The Huntsville Racqueteers have been using and helping maintain the Meadow Park courts for over 30 years. While currently they are a mainly seniors’ group which ranges between 50 and 80 players annually, they are hoping to keep reaching out to grow the sport among a younger crowd.
During council’s discussion, it was determined that complaints were received from the public about the noise from playing Pickleball outdoors at both Meadow Park and Conroy Park. As well, council heard that Pickleball was best played indoors because even the wind causes issues with gameplay.
Eventually, council approved a motion to leave the Meadow Park courts as is for 2021 and consider future options as the Community Master Plan review takes place this year.
Leila Nasr-Sharifi, for HuntersBayRadio.com