Kingsport’s Parks & Recreation Department will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony next week for the two new pickleball courts at Riverview Park.
The event will take place at 2 p.m. on April 27 at Riverview Park (300 Louis Street). If you plan to attend, please park in the south lot of the V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex. Local players will be on hand giving a demonstration of how to play pickleball.
Pickleball is a game similar to tennis, but played on a smaller court with a racket much like an oversized ping-pong paddle. Due to the rising popularity of the sport in our region, Kingsport converted two tennis courts at Riverview Park into six pickleball courts last year.
The most recent project at the park added two new courts adjacent to the existing six. In addition, the city funded all new fencing, nets and equipment, along with making the courts ADA accessible. Cost of this project was approximately $167,000.
“Pickleball is a great sport for all ages and skill levels that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong,” said Kitty Frazier, parks and recreation manager. “Since pickleball is extremely popular these days, our new courts will surely get plenty of use in the future.”
For more information on Riverview Park please visit www.kingsportparksandrecreation.org.