(Editor’s note: Circling the News received this letter regarding pickleball, which is described as an easy-to-learn racquet sport, a blend of tennis and ping pong, played on a badminton size court (20’ x 44’) with lightweight paddles and balls making it especially appropriate for children and seniors.)
I would like to share with you the findings of a survey of West LA pickleball players which I collected and analyzed July-September 2021. It includes a good number of Palisades players who I met at Rustic canyon. I have subsequently gotten to know some because they have started playing at Memorial Park Santa Monica.
A copy of the survey can be accessed, downloaded or read online at the following Website (visit:www.west-losangeles-pickleball.info). It would be wonderful if you could add the website to your newsletter. This would make it available to the respondents from the Palisades who took part in the survey. The survey was anonymous.
I would also like to make it available to the park advisory committee. There is a short two-page summary, which is quickly read. The full report is 36 pages and has a lot of detail and evidence.
To get pickleball into L.A. city parks does not involve a special budget. All it needs is a change of a rule that forbids anything other than tennis racquets and balls on tennis courts. All over California (and through the USA) recreational planners have been converting tennis courts either to permanent pickleball or to multipart courts which allow PB players to reserve them for, say three hours, set up portable nets and welcome all players for open play. Everyone takes turn on the court.
One tennis court makes four pickleball courts and sessions are run by volunteers who generally supply the nets and any other equipment. The average age of players is 60 years old.
I carried out the survey part of a campaign to get the rule changed. It must be allied to a court reservations system because setting up the nets and organizing a session is only worthwhile with a minimum three-hour period.
Resident of Venice
Dept. Of Sociology