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Tue, Feb. 18

Pioneer Park will get pickle ball courts

County supervisors chuckled after finding out how the new sport of pickleball got its name, then unanimously approved the site plan and construction of eight pickleball courts at Pioneer Park. The story: one of the three dads who founded the game had a dog named Pickles who would run off with the ball. They named the game after the Cocker Spaniel.

In other action, the board:

• Approved the use permit for the Paulden Community Center.

• Increased the budget capacity for the Public Fiduciary by $15,000.

• Accepted a $20,000 grant from Homeland Security to buy Emergency Operations Center equipment.

• Briefly discussed Development Services fee schedule in study session; no action taken.

Prescott council member Billie Orr spoke to the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors at the Nov. 2 meeting, even bringing them a pickleball ball and paddle to examine. The game is a mix of games similar to tennis, badminton and ping-pong, she said.

The Prescott Pickleball Association (PPA) began in March. Members have been sharing the game within the community, and play once a week with veterans at the VA and also with detainees at the Juvenile Detention Facility.

The association has raised $70,000 with another $20,000 pledged; its most recent goal is to reach the $175,000 needed to build the courts by the end of the month.

Joe Baynes, director of Recreation Services with the City of Prescott, said the use of the courts will be free to the public. Currently, there are no plans to light the courts; but if lighting will be considered, he will reach out to neighboring residents, Baynes said.

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