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Officials Trying to Keep up with Increased Demand in Pickleball

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Updated: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 07:33:29 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A new trend is taking Grand Junction by storm. Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday morning, people of all ages are filling local pickleball courts.



"It's a quick game. It's easy to play. You don't have to run very much," said pickleball player Michael King.



It's drawing crowds from all over, making it the fastest growing sport in America, especially for people over 50. The popularity of the sport is causing Grand Junction Parks and Recreation to renovate and build more facilities just to keep up with the demand.


"Since 2008, we had just one little court," said Laurie Gregor. "We have exploded to over 200 people playing pickeball.”



There is a designated pickleball complex located in Lincoln Park, three other courts are at Lincoln Park barn and four courts at Pine Ridge Park.



The Matchett Park Master Plan will build 12 more courts if it moves forward.

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