Pickleball Plans Move Forward in Anderson, Ohio
Written by PickleBall.net
March 04, 2013
Anderson Township could be the home of a new pickleball facility next year.
The sport—a combination of badminton, Ping-Pong and tennis—is growing in popularity across the country and Cincinnati is no exception.
Last year the Anderson Township Park District dedicated space at Clear Creek Park, on the western end of state Route 32, to build new pickleball courts.
Now the Anderson Pickleball Club, with help from the Park District, is seeking a $100,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to make this dream a reality.
“The plan is to do it right and make it a first-class facility that will be there for a long time,” said Mike McCalmont, who helps run the local club.
If awarded, the grant would help fund six pickleball courts on a 60-by-190-foot concrete pad surrounded by fencing, he said.
The Anderson Pickleball Club would help run free clinics to teach the community how to play this unique sport, which is popular among seniors and, increasingly, high school students.
“We want to promote the sport for every age group,” McCalmont said. “We still believe in that (‘Field of Dreams’) movie quote that ‘If you build it, they will come.’”
The closest public pickleball courts are in Middletown, about an hour north of Clear Creek Park, though pickleball has pockets of dedicated players who find courts wherever they can, he said.
During warmer weather the Anderson Pickleball Club plays at Turpin High School or at other area tennis courts. During colder or inclement weather they play at the Beechmont Racquet and Fitness Club or the Mercy HealthPlex in Anderson Township.
Park District Executive Director Ken Kushner said they’ll act as the general contractor and provide the land and labor as a grant match.
“These would be the first public courts dedicated to pickleball in the area,” Kushner said. “We’re still seeking private funding to make it happen.”
So far, the Anderson Pickleball Club raised $1,500 toward the project, and McCalmont said they’re also looking for local companies to donate materials to help build the six new courts.