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Posted on: August 22, 2022

City of Miami’s Pickleball and Tennis Courts Renovated

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(MIAMI, OK.) The popularity of pickleball in the area brought about a revamp of the City of Miami’s Tennis Courts. The well-worn, cracked courts were resurfaced and reconfigured to now include two tennis courts and six pickleball courts.

The courts, located at 200 5th Avenue NE, are used for the Miami High School’s Tennis players practice and matches, by local tennis and pickleball enthusiasts, and are open to public use.

Pickleball is a sport using a racket/paddle combining elements of several other racket sports. Two or four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated polymer ball over a net. The ball is much like a Wiffle ball. A pickleball court is similar to badminton, with a net similar to tennis, and the paddles are similar to those in table tennis.

The City of Miami’s Parks and Public Works crews completed the courts renovation project two weeks ago, including milling the deep cracks and resurfacing and refinishing and striping the courts, and installing improved lighting at a cost of $35,000.

New windscreens and fencing improvements will soon be added thanks to the generosity of two local businesses, Westco and Ace Hardware. Additional funding for the City project was provided by these businesses’ substantial donations.

“I am excited about the Council’s ongoing commitment to investing in quality of life for our residents. The Splash Pad and other park improvements are perfect examples,” former Miami Mayor and Westco owner Rudy Schultz said. “Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America among all age groups, and we already have a core group of dedicated pickleball players in Miami that is quickly growing, so I was very excited to see the City’s commitment to the sport. As with all City projects, there are limited funds and many needs, so Jason Blevins (Ace Hardware) and I were happy to donate funds toward the resurfacing of the tennis courts and the creation of the six new dedicated pickleball courts.”

One local pickleball group has grown to around 60 members. The City has future plans in the works which include possibly adding tournament play. The Miami Public Library recently offered free pickleball lessons with the help of Schultz and others. There are plans for more lessons to be offered in the fall, and dates will be posted on the Miami Public Library’s Facebook page once scheduled. 

 

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