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March 25, 2019

Warrenton plans to build pickleball court soon

Photo/Cassandra Brown
The town plans to build one or two pickleball courts, depending on costs, at the Academy Hill Park.
A popular sport combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong will come to Warrenton this summer.

The town parks and recreation department plans to build a dedicated asphalt pickleball court at Academy Hill Park this spring.

Measuring 20 by 44 feet and surrounded by a fence, the outdoor court will stand to the far right of the baseball diamond near the tree line at the park, according to Warrenton parks and recreation Director Margaret Rice.

The 4.7-acre park stands on a hill along Academy Hill Road.

Pickleball uses rackets resembling large ping-pong paddles and a modified tennis net. The sport can be played in a doubles or singles format.

Warrenton has already budgeted $50,000 in this year’s capital improvements plan for the pickleball court, which will get funded using proffer money.

The town staff will soon solicit bids from contractors to build one or two courts depending on the cost, according to Ms. Rice.

Citizens already play pickleball indoors at the Vint Hill gym and on tennis courts around the county. The sport has grown in popularity among retirees over the last six years in Fauquier.

“This is a good first step,” Warrenton pickleball player Bob Najjar said of the new court. “It will serve the current population of pickleball players . . . well over 100 members in Fauquier County. There are people who want to play and find a place to play. It has a lot of social benefits and physical benefits.”

Mr. Najjar has played with the Fauquier County Pickleball Association for about nine years. In the cold months they play at Vint Hill and in the warmer months at Auburn Middle School.

“My immediate reaction is that I’m glad to see the game is being taken seriously by the Town of Warrenton, since I can’t say that’s the case with parks and recreation with Fauquier County,” he added.

“Pickleball will provide another recreation alternative for citizens,” Ms. Rice said.  “It is a fast growing sport that provides an opportunity to exercise and have fun.  The sport has a national organization. Pickleball is for everyone from kids to seniors.”

— Cassandra Brown
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Silii · April 15, 2019 at 2:41 pm
Well, won't this be great in the summertime with temperatures hovering in the 80s and 90s with high humidity? And, won't it be great in the winter covered with snow? Why wasn't it suitable to continue playing where they were? Dumb things like this, designed and built for a mere handfull, are why our property taxes are skyrocketing. Thanks, again, to all the Republicans who control the town council and county board of supervisors. You all just can't stop raising taxes and fees.
Rover 530 · March 27, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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