The sport of pickleball has grown so popular in Morro Bay that local club organizers of the sport say it’s time for permanent courts to be established.
Kathy Thomas, the sport’s district co-ambassador, said that since her group began the Morro Bay Pickleball Club in October 2014, more than 4,000 players from 11 states and three countries have participated.
The Morro Bay City Council will consider the club’s proposal to establish four permanent playing courts at Del Mar Park, with netting, replaced fencing and windblocks. The group now uses temporary courts there.
“We have to set up and take down the nets every day,” Thomas said. “We’d like to have permanent courts there for people to use.”
The City Council is tentatively scheduled to consider the proposal at its second meeting in February, Deputy City Manager Sam Taylor said.
“What we’re hearing is that there has been growth in this sport nationwide,” Taylor said. “This could be a way to draw people to Morro Bay and create some economic development. People who play pickleball in Paso Robles or Arizona may not want to play in hot summer conditions and come here.”
The racquet sport is sometimes described as a cross between tennis, badminton and pingpong, and it can be played by people of all ages and skill levels.