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Public invited to give input on Phillips Park pickleball courts

March 5, 2020
Pine Island Eagle

Lee County Parks & Recreation is inviting the public to provide input on proposed pickleball courts at Phillips Park during an upcoming open house.

Greater Pine Island residents will be able to voice their opinions on a conceptual plan developed for a recently acquired 0.34-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Sesame Drive and Stringfellow Road, just north of the Center.

The open house will be held 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, at the Pine Island Public Library, 10701 Russell Road, Bokeelia. Although there will be no formal presentation, residents will have the opportunity to view the proposed plan and interact with Lee County staff. The current plan calls for up to four pickleball courts to be constructed on the parcel.

Locally, pickleball is among the fastest growing sports among adults. Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Two, three or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis with a few modifications. Pickleball was invented in the mid-1960s as a children's backyard pastime but quickly became popular among adults as a fun game for players of all levels.

For more information on Lee County Parks & Recreation facilities, visit www.leeparks.org or call 239-533-7275.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lee County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in its services, programs, or activities. To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate, contact Joan LaGuardia, (239) 533-2314, Florida Relay Service 711, or jlaguardia@leegov.com. Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance.

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