Pickleball resembles a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Players use a solid paddle and a perforated plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball. The sport has been around since the 1960s but has recently exploded in popularity and is now the fastest growing racquet sport in the country.
Recognizing the growth potential of the sport, the City began converting some of their Civic Center tennis courts into pickleball courts. Today, they have 12 courts at the facility which makes it one of the largest, state-of-the-art complexes in the country.
Courts are filled three nights a week with league play, one night for classes with open play in between.
Equipment is available at the Civic Center Pool for those who would like to give pickleball a try. Residents can contact Mentor Recreation at (440) 974-5720 for court and equipment availability.
To learn more, go to www.mentorpickleball.org for the most complete and up-to-date information on Pickleball activities in Mentor.