Williamsburg Parks and Rec Starting Pickleball Program This Winter

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The Quarterpath Recreation Center will play host to upcoming youth winter basketball leagues. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)
The Quarterpath Recreation Center will play host to upcoming pickleball leagues this winter. (Ty Hodges/WYDaily)

The City of Williamsburg Parks and Recreation Department will be experimenting with a new activity starting Nov. 4.

Pickleball, a modified game of tennis utilizing paddles instead of rackets, smaller courts and lower nets, will make its city debut through the Parks and Recreation Department.

In order to promote the new game, Williamsburg Parks and Recreation will be hosting a free day of indoor pickleball on Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to noon at Quarterpath Recreation Center.

Robbi Hutton, the director for the City of Williamsburg Parks and Recreation, said pickleball has become a growing trend for parks and recreation departments around the country. With the chillier weather on the horizon, Hutton thought now was a perfect time to give the game a try locally.

The free day of indoor pickleball will give those unfamiliar with the game a chance to try it before making a commitment to play over the winter. Regular pickleball games will begin at Quarterpath Recreation Center starting Nov. 6 and will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon.

Anyone interested in playing the game over the winter can do so at varying price points. Individuals can pay $2 per day to play, $24 per month to play of $36 for an entire year, though it is not guaranteed the pickleball program will extend past the winter months. Quarterpath Recreation Center will have paddles available for rent free of charge.

Hutton said this winter will be a test for the indoor pickleball program and, if the demand is there, the program can be extended into the spring, summer and fall months as well.

Described by Hutton as “high energy, but not as demanding as tennis,” pickleball is presented as a nice alternative for anyone looking to stay active — and warm — during the winter months.