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Why no pickleball courts in Tosa?

Issue: As reader asked that question, noting the closest courts seem to be in Milwaukee or Waukesha.

“There must be some underused tennis courts that can be converted,” he wrote.

Status: Recreation Department Director Mike Wick has good news for local pickleball enthusiasts. With interest in the sport identified in the city’s recent recreation and open land study, Wick said his department — run out of the school district — has planned for a wider introduction to the sport.

“It’s been on our radar for some time,” Wick said. “It’s a sport that’s definitely trending upward.”

Wick said he expects some tennis courts, as they are resurfaced, to include pickleball boundary markings.

“I’m sure that there will be some courts redone even before they are resurfaced,” he said, although he added there is no current timeline.

Pickleball, invented in the 1960s, is a racquet sport using solid paddles that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Played indoors and outdoors, pickleball’s dimensions are similar to a badminton court.

Wick said the sport is taught in school district physical education classes and added that it has become popular among adults of all ages.

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