Day is Finally Here: Pickleball Courts in Oakmont

All six new pickleball courts at play following dedicaton of the East Rec Center courts June 11. (Photo by Kathy Sowers)

 Marlena Cannon

         Close to 100 people crowded the East Rec patio for a glimpse of Oakmont’s new pickleball courts and to watch the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony June 11.

“This is a joyous occasion, OVA Board President Steve Spanier declared. “Like many things in life, it was a long road to get here. We are very grateful for all the people who have played a part in making these courts a reality.”

Cutting the ribbon were former board president Ellen Leznik and current Pickleball Club president Melissa Bowers, who thanked the people they had worked with to make the courts possible. Herb Bieser, who worked with

Melissa Bowers, left, and Ellen Leznik cutting the ribbon July 11 to open Oakmont’s new pickleball courts. (Photo by Kathy Sowers)

the City to get permits for the courts, received an OPC shirt as a gift of appreciation.

First players on the courts were P. J. Savage and Van Nason, who in 2013 got permission from the OVA Board to form the Oakmont Pickleball Club. They were accompanied by Noel Lyons and Anita Easland, co-chairs of the ad hoc  committee that began a search for a permanent pickleball site.

The courts are home to 125 OPC members who will play with approved paddles and balls to reduce noise levels. “This is a world class facility where people can come and play with or without a partner. It is a great way to stay physically fit and socially active,” Bowers said.

Every Tuesday at 9 a.m. the Pickle Ball Club holds an orientation for newcomers. All that’s needed is court shoes, a visor and a water bottle. Bowers declared, “The learning curve is 15 minutes. The addiction is a lifetime.”

Main banner photo by Julie Kiil