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Group Dedicates New Pioneer Park Pickleball Courts

Eileen Persike starjournnow.com

A new addition to Pioneer Park in Rhinelander was dedicated Monday morning.

Eight pickleball courts are available for public use. An active group of local enthusiasts began last year to work with the City of Rhinelander to replace the crumbling and less-used tennis courts at the park with pickleball courts.

The group set out to raise more than $100,000 to get the work done and as organizer Maureen O'Melia reports, the courts are ready...

"There's eight dedicated pickleball courts available for anyone. There open during park hours. There will be social play seven days a week between the hours of seven and 10. All of that information is posted on the welcome board by the pickleball courts..."

Maureen O'Melia says a few more dollars would make the project even better....

"We made our goal to pay for the project that is now complete. We do need some extra monies for windscreens and a pavilion area. There's not a lot of shade in that area so there's some sort of covering, down the road of course..."

Pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It's played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. It's played with a paddle and a plastic ball with hole. More information is rhinelanderpickleball.net

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