The City of Perryville is expanding its reach into one of the growing sports in the country.
Pickleball is growing popular, not only around the nation, but also Perry County.
The city is devising a plan to add multiple outdoor Pickleball courts around the Perry Park Center in the coming weeks.
“We are looking at three different courts to be added,” Perryville City Administrator Brent Buerck said.
More than 36.5 million people played pickleball from August 2021 to August 2022, according to a new report by the Association of Pickleball Professionals released exclusively to CNBC. Earlier data pinned the participation rate of the sport at 5 million players in 2021.
The latest numbers unveiled in the 2023 APP Pickleball Participation report, via a study conducted by YouGov, shows that 14% of Americans played pickleball at least once in that 12-month period. And over 8.5 million people played pickleball eight times or more. Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong using a paddle and plastic ball with holes. It is a game that is appropriate for players of all ages and skill levels. Rules for pickleball are simple, making it a great introductory sport. It can also be quite the challenging, fast-paced, and competitive game when people become more experienced at playing. Pickleball rules are so similar to ping-pong, it can be easy for practically anyone to learn how to play the game. Whether you’re a beginner who just wants to learn a new sport for fun.
Even in Perryville, Pickleball has seen an explosion in players, especially in the last few years in the annual Senior Games.