Pickleball courts launch Wednesday in Aspinwall
Pickleball lovers — or those curious about the sport — can converge on the new courts at Aspinwall Recreation Area to see first-hand what all the rage is about.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Pickleball on the Wall will be hosted by local player and sport ambassador Kathy Demetri of O’Hara.
Players of any skill level, or no skill level, are welcome, organizers said.
The sport, a mix of tennis and racquetball, is growing in popularity across the region.
Local volunteers on Aug. 25 transformed the basketball court at Ben Killian Baseball Field in Aspinwall into a multi-use area by painting lines to accommodate pickleball.
The 20-by-44-foot area can be accessed from Field Avenue and sits just below the Highland Park Bridge and Route 28.
The courts were spearheaded by First Street resident Giuseppe Francioni, who proposed the concept to council and then gathered volunteers to paint the lines on the court.
Demetri, an O’Hara resident, has played for three years. She first brought the idea to O’Hara’s recreation committee, who then recommended the two courts at Beulah Frey Park near Lauri Ann West Community Center in O’Hara.
Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, email@example.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.