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Pickleball Free-Play

NEWTON, N.C. (Aug. 31, 2016)—The Newton Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for Pickleball Free-Play.

The fun begins Thursday, Sept. 15, and continues every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 South Brady Ave.

Pickleball is a great sport for friends, co-workers, families, church members, classmates, senior groups, youth groups and club members. Games are played with a racquet and combine elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Similar to tennis, players use a perforated plastic ball, like a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles.

Pickleball is easy for beginners to learn, but it can develop into a fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. It’s a great way to get some exercise, as it’s soft on the joints, but fast enough to keep players engaged. The game has a social aspect as well, with good-natured banter back and forth between players.

For more information about Pickleball Free-Play, call the Newton Parks and Recreation Department at 828-695-4317 or visit the Parks and Recreation Department’s webpage.