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RA Centre to create new year-round home for pickleball

By Dan Plouffe

The RA Centre will create Ottawa’s first year-round pickleball facility thanks to a $150,000 Resilient Communities Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the organization announced in mid-May.

The 7-court pickleball centre will cover 13,500 square feet and feature high-performance sports flooring, nets and lighting. All levels of play will be available, including new youth and para programming.

“Our new Pickleball Centre will tap into the growing excitement and demand for the sport in Ottawa and around the country,” RA Centre CEO Tosha Rhodenizer said in a news release.

Pickleball was a sport already on the rise before the pandemic, perhaps boosted further yet by a renewed focus on safe outdoor activities that facilitate social interaction.

Locally, it’s played indoors at numerous gymnasiums throughout the city, while the west-end Valleystream club offers a prime example of the sport’s growth, having recently shifted its outdoor tennis courts to focus on pickleball.

The RA will also welcome Pickleball Canada to its House of Sport, and will hope to attract pickleball events to the capital thanks to the new centre.

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