Outdoor Pickleball Courts Fremont Township

Here’s a great story on some new pickleball courts in Fremont! This article is from the dailyherald.com. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports so this is super exciting that this township is getting some new courts. We love to see this sport increasing in popularity across the US and across the world!

New outdoor pickleball courts a hit in Fremont Township

  • Why pickleball is so popular

    Video: Why pickleball is so popular

  • Pickleball equipment used at Behm Homestead Park in Fremont Township.

      Pickleball equipment used at Behm Homestead Park in Fremont Township.
    Mick Zawislak | Staff Photographer

  • Outdoor pickleball courts debuted this week at Behm Homestead Park in Fremont Township.

      Outdoor pickleball courts debuted this week at Behm Homestead Park in Fremont Township.
    Mick Zawislak | Staff Photographer

  • Alan Brown of the Saddlebrook Farms community in Round Lake Park is among the players using the new pickleball courts at Behm Homestead Park in Fremont Township.

      Alan Brown of the Saddlebrook Farms community in Round Lake Park is among the players using the new pickleball courts at Behm Homestead Park in Fremont Township.
    Mick Zawislak | Staff Photographer

The sound as one approaches the new courts at Behm Homestead Park near Mundelein is reminiscent of a tennis ball being whacked. But the difference is distinct.

So are the equipment and the game itself, a blend of tennis, badminton and pingpong called pickleball. Played with an oversized solid paddle and a Wiffle-type ball, the fast-growing game has become an immediate hit at the sprawling park near Peterson Road and Route 60 in Fremont Township.

Players are predominantly seniors looking for exercise and camaraderie. That’s why township officials decided to transform an unused basketball court into a paradise for pickleballers, most from nearby active adult communities such as Saddlebrook Farms or Grand Dominion.

“We want our aging population to stay active,” said Diana O’Kelly, Fremont Township supervisor. “This is the fastest-growing sport in the country, and we wanted to be able to do it right.”

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