By Mike S Payton, Contributing Reporter
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA – On April 28th the City of Delray Beach announced a number of outdoor recreational facilities reopening to the public, and several sports clubs are getting back into the swing of things. One such group is the Chainwheelers of Palm Beach Meetup group Pickle Ball at Delray Beach Tennis Center on Thursday, May 7th at 4:30 PM.
The Delray Beach Tennis Center at 201 West Atlantic Avenue is now reopened and are taking pickleball reservations for singles only. They reinforce how important it is that everyone follow the distance rules and wear a mask when entering the pro shop. The pickleball courts are in the back of the tennis center and the staff can direct guests to the courts.
The Meetup group event happens twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Organizers list that, “Many people have been curious about pickleball, others have no idea what it is, and still more people want an opportunity to learn more about the sport.”
Adding, “So let’s develop our Pickle Ball skills and burn off a few calories at the same time. This meetup welcomes all skill sets and discriminates against nobody no matter how they play. We are all here to have fun.”
The group also reminds attendees there is a small charge to play at Delray Tennis Center. Adding, “please purchase a paddle if you do not have one and you will need to wear athletic shoes to play.” Parking is free in the front of the tennis center.
Pickleball is the fastest-growing in the U.S., with more than 2.8 million players and a twelve percent increase in the past year, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.
Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, with 26-40 round holes, over a net.
The game started during the summer of 1965 on Bainbridge Island, Washington, at the home of Joel Pritchard, who later served in Congress and as lieutenant governor according to the Seattle Times.
The Delray Beach Tennis Center is a full service public tennis facility with fourteen clay courts, four hard courts, eight pickleball courts and an 8,200 seat stadium.
The Center features an upstairs pavilion and conference room, pro shop with locker rooms, racquet stringing and merchandise. The club offers a wide variety of adult and junior programs, leagues, clinics and camps.