Pickleball courts at Pioneer Park campaign

Community news | Friday, March 20, 2015

Contact: Casey Richards

The Walla Walla Pickleball Association is a group of dedicated pickleball players who have come together to expand pickleball for everyone by transforming tennis courts at Pioneer Park into pickleball courts. The newly formed group is raising $115,000 to turn two tennis courts there into six pickleball courts. Formed only months ago, they are already at 38 percent of their goal in donations.

The City of Walla Walla Recreation Department has cleared the way for the project, and will maintain the courts once the renovations are completed. "Pioneer Park is the ideal location for pickleball courts," says Dave Gibson, WWPA member, "as it is centrally located, surrounded by mature shade trees, with nearby facilities and children’s playground." They anticipate other enthusiasts using the courts from sunup to sundown. WWPA members heading the campaign are Dave Gibson, Nancy Kress, Ted Cummings and Dave Hampson.

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., played by all age groups. Cities throughout the Pacific Northwest are converting underused tennis courts to pickleball courts. Pickleball is a sport offered at Walla Walla middle and high schools and is enjoyed by many at the YMCA's indoor courts.

Blue Mountain Community Foundation is the fiscal agent for the project. Donations may be made online at www.bluemountainfoundation.org (click on "donate" and write in "pickleball) or by sending a donation made payable to Blue Mountain Community Foundation and send to BMCF, P.O. Box 603, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Be sure to note "pickleball" on the check. For more information contact Dave Gibson gibsonic@charter.net or 509.520.3897 or Kari Isaacson, Executive Director of BMCF at 509.529.4371 or kari@bluemountainfoundation.org.