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Hancock to Install Pickleball Courts in Laurn-Grove Park

A growing community of people have been using the tennis courts at Terrace Park for pickleball. As one of the fastest growing sports right now, and with an excited sector of the population, Hancock will have some resurfacing done at the Laurn Grove Park. In order to fill a desire in the community. Hancock did call a special meeting today to approve the resurfacing.

So we’re just taking our current tennis court, it’s in pretty rough shape. Like we have to do something anyway, because there’s a tree right there. They really have to take a lot of it out, cause it’s not just a resurfacing. They’re doing like a full reconstruction. – Mary Babcock, Hancock City Manager

City Manager Mary Babcock anticipates that the work will start sometime next week. The pickleball court resurfacing will cost Hancock 51,000 dollars. The city plans to install four pickle ball courts in place of the old tennis courts in Laurn Grove Park.

Pickle ball was invented by three dads living in Washington state, in 1965, who were looking for a fun activity for their kids and them to play. The sport has evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout world, with courts built in the U.S. and Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Pickleball courts are the same size as a doubles badminton court. And are often constructed from former badminton or tennis courts. As all three sports share similarities, but some major differences. Net height on the court is 36 inches on both ends, and 34 inches tall in the middle. The sport also implements a 7 foot non-volley zone, known as the “kitchen”.

Check out this video by USA Pickleball to learn more about the fun sport. Or go to usapickleball.org.

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