Groundbreaking ceremony planned at Battle Point Park for new pickleball courts

  • Friday, October 18, 2019 2:00pm
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There will be a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Founders Courts project this weekend at Battle Point Park.

The ceremony is 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

Pickleball was invented on Bainbridge Island in 1965 by Barney McCallum, Bill Bell and Joel Pritchard.

Several honored guests will be at the event, including Barney McCallum, who, at 94, is the last living founder of the game. Members of the Bell and Pritchard families will be in attendance, as well as park district commissioners and staff.

The Founders Courts project will include two phases, the first phase will be the building of designated pickleball courts and the second phase will be the creation of an entrance honoring the founders and Bainbridge Island’s connection to the game of pickleball.

Partners in the project include the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, United States of America Pickleball Association, and Pickleball Central.

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