Pickleball really has nothing to do with pickles, instead it is a game which is a cross between tennis and table tennis. It has been played for some time outdoors on area tennis courts which have been lined specially for the game, but following a request to have a warm place to play in the winter months, the Elkin Recreation Center will be offering an indoor pickleball court at specific times during the week.
Elkin Commissioner Bob Norton explained at the last town board meeting, he was approached by an Elkin resident about the possibility of having pickleball available at the recreation center, because she and others with an interest were having to travel three or four days a week to Mount Airy’s Reeves Community Center to play indoors during the cold months.
For a cost of about $200, Adam McHomb, director of Elkin Recreation and Parks Department, and Levi Shore, recreation program supervisor, were able to purchase the needed equipment to upfit the center’s gym into a pickleball court.
McHomb said Monday the pickleball equipment arrived in Elkin last Thursday and has been set up and tested. The next step is to line the court.
“We will probably set up the court once or twice a week, but we want to check with other facilities in the area to make sure we are not jumping on their prime time,” he said Monday of when specific days and times will be announced for those wanting to take advantage of playing time.
He said he hoped to have days and times finalized by the end of this week.
“We’ll have paddles and balls if they don’t have their own,” he added.
The pickleball court will be available with a membership, or a normal $4 daily pass to the center, which would mean the person could come and play for an hour or two and then spend time walking on the treadmill or doing whatever activity they would like, McComb said.
Also those who participate in Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit programs can use their passes to play, he said.
Those interested in playing and wanting more details can call the rec center at 336-794-6478. For rules to play the game, visit www.usapa.org.
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McComb also reported the annual 25 percent off discount for memberships will end Jan. 31, for those who may have been considering joining at the discounted rate but haven’t yet acted.
“A lot of people like to come in and take advantage because it is a good deal,” he said.
The discounted year-long membership rates are $150 for an in-town resident; $300 for a non-resident individual; $225 for an in-town family; and $450 for a non-resident family.
Also, this week the youth basketball season will be wrapping up with tournaments at the rec center every night.
For youths interested in playing baseball, fast-pitch girls softball or soccer, spring registration is taking place now through mid-February.
McComb said the center is offering online registration now, so those signing up can do so from their home by visiting http://elkin.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/Home/tabid/5019/Default.aspx.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.