City needs more venues for pickleball
We want to thank Mr. Bill Buell for his excellent article (“Pickleball’s rise continues in Capital Region”) in the July 7 Gazette.
Pickleball is indeed a popular, rapidly growing sport in the Capital District, including in Schenectady.
However, there are currently no public, outdoor venues for pickleball in the city of Schenectady.
During the summer, our club members must play at different locations scattered throughout Saratoga and Schenectady Counties.
During the winter, many play indoors at the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady or in Saratoga County.
If there were pickleball courts in Schenectady, Mr. Buell may have reported that we recently established the “Mohawk Pickleball Club.”
The mission of the Mohawk Pickleball Club is to promote the sport of pickleball throughout the city and county of Schenectady.
Pickleball is a very social game for children, young adults, and active seniors.
Usually, a dozen or more players meet to play pickleball together.
Pickleball is a relatively easy game to learn for those interested in a safe, healthy, and social recreational sport.
The Mohawk Pickleball Club has begun an initiative to work with city officials toward a better understanding of the many individual and community benefits of pickleball and the need for new pickleball court venues, like those at Eastside Rec in Saratoga and Jenkinsville Park in Queensbury.
Together, the city and the Mohawk Pickleball Club can provide “healthy community” opportunities for pickleball players of all ages in the city of Schenectady.
Mr. Buell, keep “Serving it Up.”
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