Pickleball courts open in Lincoln

Posted By: Kelsey Murphy

kmurphy@klkntv.com

Let the games begin.

Six new pickleball courts were dedicated to Peterson Park, near 27th and Hwy 2 on Tuesday.

“We are grateful for this opportunity. It’s going to be for citizens of Lincoln who want to come out and play and we will show you how to play for years and years to come,” Bill Roehers, Lincoln Pickleball Association, said.

The Pickleball Association worked with Lincoln parks and recreation to make the courts.

The athletes say, despite their love for the game, the lack of facilities to play took a toll on them. The court needs to be a certain size and mapping out makeshift ones on oversized tennis courts was exhausting.

"Here, with two tennis courts, we can put six pickleball courts with fences so we don’t have to chase balls," Roehers, said.

The six new courts were made out of two underutilized tennis courts.

They all have new netting, and fencing.

Total cost for the eighteen month project came out to around $60,000.

The money came from the city, the parks foundation, and donors.

"This provides a brand new opportunity for some of our older adults to engage in outdoor recreational activates, but it’s really not just that, this is a sport that appeals to all ages,” Lynn Johnson, Director of Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

Laura Fenton Kovanda is a National Racquet and Pickleball Champion.

She was there to test out the courts Tuesday.

“The word that is used the most with any other sport is addictive and you see the courts are full," Laura Fenton Kovanda, National racquet and pickleball player, said.

The courts are open to the public.

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