Forest Glade Optimist Park
Pickleball and Tennis Court Improvements
Recent upgrades at Forest Glade Optimist Park include the complete rebuilding of the parking lot with a new accessible parking area. The multiuse sports courts behind the library were redeveloped last season, and a splash pad was just completed and will be opening this summer. A new washroom building will go in this summer to complete the splash pad and be a welcome addition to the area, which includes a skate park and two playgrounds. Future plans include drainage improvements throughout the park and improved lighting along the pathways to be completed this summer. These improvements, together with the redevelopment of the tennis courts and new pickle ball courts, will renew the park and continue to serve the needs of the community for many years.
We want your feedback!
Please have a look at these story boards and fill out this short survey to be a part of the development process for the new pickleball courts and improved tennis courts at Forest Glade Optimist Park.
What is pickleball?
Pickleball is a paddleball sport (similar to a racquet sport) that combines elements of badminton, table tennis and tennis. Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, much like a whiffle ball, with 26-40 round holes, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports: the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with several modifications.
Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard game. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and Canada. The spread of the sport is attributed to its popularity within community centers, physical education classes, public parks, private health clubs, YMCA facilities and retirement communities.
Source: Wikipedia: Pickleball
A little history
In 1978, nine lighted tournament-style tennis courts were installed. Other facilities include a trail, a softball diamond and a soccer field. A variety of playground equipment is also provided. Additional lands were purchased from the school board in 1992. In 2000, the Forest Glade Skate Park was built west of the community centre. Designed for beginner and intermediate skateboarders, the skate park features a variety of concrete ramps. Funds for the skate park were received from the Forest Glade Optimist Club, the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) Local 444 Social Action Committee and the City of Windsor.