Monday, April 18, 2016

Pickleball players get their way, courts will increase

Sun City pickleball players will get more courts, and they will all be at the Cimarron Recreation Center, 17100 W. Clearwater Blvd.
The Sun City Grand Board of Directors voted 5-2, with John Such and Larry Marden dissenting, during its April 14 regular meeting to dedicate the Cimarron center for pickleball and the Village area at the Adobe Fitness Center, 19775 N. Remington Drive, dedicated for tennis. The board then directed staff to develop plans for the action.
“It is time for the board to make a final decision,” said Ellie Brooks, board president. “This has been going on since 2011.”
As far back as 2003, one tennis court at Cimarron was converted to four pickleball courts. That has increased over the years and there are now 12 courts there. There are also three tennis courts, which are planned to be converted into 10 more pickleball courts.
The pickleball club has more than 1,000 members and continues to grow, according to Steve Burwall, club president. The courts are booked through nearly the entire 14-hour per day period they are open, and some players are waiting on benches to get an empty court, he added.
“We use a swipe card system, and in March there were more than 5,000 swipes compared to 4,000 prior to that,” he said.

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