The county is searching for to gauge the general public’s assist for pickleball, a brand new and quickly increasing paddleball sport that mixes parts of badminton, desk tennis, and tennis.
The Fairfax County Park Authority has launched an online survey to gauge assist for brand spanking new pickleball activities. The survey is open by means of Jan. 24. County officers say they’ve obtained a number of requests to develop the variety of pickleball services in its parks, recreation facilities, and neighborhood facilities.
The sport was invented in 1965 by two dads in Washington who needed to entertain their children and use an outdated badminton court docket.
A feasibility study is underway on the way to tackle the need for the game, establish websites for attainable enhancements or new services, and develop standards and design steering used for choosing and establishing pickleball facilities.
Native pickleball gamers advocating for Fairfax County to develop extra services dedicated to the game formally shaped the Vienna Pickleball Club in June.
Now boasting 179 members, the group successfully convinced the City of Vienna to show the Glyndon Park tennis courts into hybrid tennis/pickleball courts once they underwent renovations earlier this yr.
Nevertheless, Fairfax County at present doesn’t have any services particularly for pickleball. The closest devoted facility is Pickleballerz, which opened in October within the Loudoun County portion of Chantilly.
The county’s feasibility research can be accomplished by the spring of 2021. At present, the county has 15 parks with both a tennis or basketball court docket lined for pickleball. Inside these parks, there are 28 courts accessible to play the sport.
Employees photograph by Jay Westcott