Pickleball

Queensbury’s new pickleball courts are at Jenkinsville Park.

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QUEENSBURY — The newest recreation facility in the region is unlike any other.

On Sunday, the town officially opened an eight-court complex dedicated to pickleball.

The town is the first municipality in the region to invest in infrastructure for a pickleball facility. The courts are at Jenkinsville Park.

“It’s unique for a town in this area to do something like this for pickleball, but they are not going to be the last,” said Cindy Allen, an avid player.

A new club, the Adirondack Pickleball Club, was formed this past year and has grown to more than 100 players on the regular email list.

The group often plays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily, but is active at other times as well.

“It’s challenging and yet it’s easier than, say, tennis,” Allen said. “It’s very easy for people like me, who are retired, to find others who like the sport and play it.”

The town has two more courts on Big Boom Road.

Pickleball is described as a cross between tennis, badminton and ping pong. It can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a modified tennis net. Players use a paddle and a plastic ball with holes that looks like a whiffle ball. It is most often played as doubles.

To learn more about the club and pickleball opportunities in the area, email adkpickleballclub@gmail.com.

You can read Bill Toscano’s blog at poststar.com/blogs or his updates on Twitter, @billtoscano_ps.

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