Pickleball, the paddle sport that took root in quiet retirement communities, has evolved into a nationwide sensation in the United States. Its surge in popularity has many dreaming of improvement projects to traditional, tired, and outdated tennis courts and parks. These fun and unique projects provide new sources of revenue and diversity to project portfolios while serving communities with new ways to play and exercise.
The Pickleball Revolution
Pickleball’s rise to prominence can be attributed to its accessibility and inclusive nature. With a court smaller than a tennis court and equipment that is easy for beginners to handle, pickleball has captured the interest of players across generations. According to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), pickleball participation has experienced a remarkable 21% annual growth over the past five years, making it the fastest-growing sport in the United States. What sets pickleball apart is its versatility. It accommodates players of all ages and skill levels, providing a low-impact alternative to traditional racquet sports. From children to seniors, pickleball’s appeal is undeniable, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie on the courts.
The Need for New Facilities
As the popularity of pickleball continues to skyrocket, the existing facilities are struggling to keep pace with the demand. Pickleball courts have different dimensions and markings than tennis courts, requiring updating to existing facilities. Many communities, schools, and recreation centers are witnessing a surge in pickleball enthusiasts, leading to overcrowded courts and extended wait times for players eager to enjoy the sport. Many facilities are looking to convert a portion of their existing courts to exclusively pickleball courts. Project Manager Joe Trainor says “Nearly every municipality in our area is looking to convert existing tennis courts into pickleball courts. It’s a very popular project.”
Luckily, the construction process for pickleball courts is nearly identical to tennis courts, requiring some basic grading, asphalt pour, and fence installation. These simple projects can revitalize run-down parks, breathing new life into the space and encouraging those of all ages to get outside.
Building Better Communities
Investing in new pickleball facilities goes beyond addressing the current demand; it contributes to the overall health and well-being of the community. Pickleball offers a fun and engaging way for people of all ages to stay active, promoting physical fitness and mental wellness.
The development of new facilities also aligns with broader initiatives to promote physical activity for kids. The sport has grown beyond its traditional audience and provides new ways for kids to stay active and practice teamwork and sportsmanship. By providing accessible spaces for pickleball, communities can encourage regular physical activity, fostering healthier populations.
In addition to pickleball courts, Daniels Construction has completed a wide variety of aquatics & recreation projects in Southern Wisconsin.