I would like to see Prince William County begin the process of considering setting aside funds for the construction of dedicated lighted outdoor pickleball courts in the southeast corner of the county. Pickleball is among the fastest growing sports in the country and is particularly popular with persons over the age of 50. It is a source of exercise and comraderie among its participants that is otherwise largely unavailable unappealing to this age group. It is also a low cost means of introducing school age children to a form of exercise that will have them engaged and eager to leave their cell phones and video games alone for awhile. I would appreciate an opportunity to speak on behalf of our pickleball community at the next open Board of Supervisors meeting. Thank you, Dan Tomlinson, email wuffo1@aol.com ×

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Kelly Thomas almost 6 years ago

I support the construction of lighted pickleball courts at the Eastern end of Prince William County. As a Realtor licensed in Virginia, I live and work primarily in Prince William County. I have the opportunity to help residents with their housing needs while promoting our wonderful county and highlighting the parks, schools and recreational services in the area. As we see the trend of an aging in place population, health, exercise and wellness are so important to our current and future residents. Pickleball is an inclusive activity that provides social and health/exercise benefits. The construction of the pickleball courts at the Ferlazzo location will be an improvement to an existing facility and will allow use by all ages. The time for Pickleball is now!! We recognize the need, and we agree that the courts will be certainly utilized by our county residents. A winning solution for all.

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Douglas Urdaneta almost 6 years ago

Pickle ball “The New Sport” for all ages. I welcome and support the definite opportunity to develop the sport in this area and I see more people day by day coming to play, so it’s getting to be very popular and most of all integrating people and merging the generation gaps. Bravo for the effort and efficient work of the organizers, definitely appreciated.

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Helen Bolton almost 6 years ago

I was introduced to pickleball a couple of years ago and have to say that for someone that has never played any sports, it has become an important part of my life.

It is ideal for all skill levels from children to seniors. The rules are simple and easy to learn; therefore, you can be playing in minutes. Pickleball offers something for all skill levels. It can be for a beginner that just wants to learn a new sport for fun or for a seasoned player who craves the thrill of more competitive play.

Pickleball has engaged me in multiple levels. The medical benefits are tremendous. It has lowered my blood pressure, enhanced my mental sharpness, and has been a fun way to keep fit. The social aspects are dynamic. Pickleball is interactive and fun and has introduced me to an ever-growing community of new friends.

As mentioned in other posts, pickleball is growing in popularity. It would be strategic for Prince William County to capitalize of one of the fasting growing sports in the U.S. Pickleball courts are considerably smaller than tennis courts and can accommodate more players at one time. Using resources to revitalize underutilized tennis courts would aid to support a multigenerational game everybody can play. Pickleball courts facilitates making the sport an exceptional aspect to the County’s recreational program.

Let’s grow pickleball in Prince William and surrounding counties!

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J M almost 6 years ago

I find this "idea" and the "support" for this entire proposal concerning. It is clear that this is an attempt by a small vocal group to manipulate a system for their personal demands without any thought being given toward the big picture. "Speak up!" was put in place obtain feedback from the masses, not bend to the will of a few.

Let's logically explore this idea of brand new, outdoor lighted pickleball-specific courts. Has consideration been given that this would not be a multifunctional space in any capacity? Has consideration been given that a facility such as this would become unavailable seasonally (or, for that matter, potentially have a significant cost to enclose - not to mention maintain - considering Virginia's climate/seasonal weather conditions)?

The focus of PWC should be on maintaining, improving and expanding what is already in place within the county before a project of this nature is even allowed. Were is the support for the current facilities that work diligently to serve the specific demographics you mention? The fact that many of these current facilities have been neglected by the tax payers over the years should be highlighted before the discussion of throwing money into development of something new is even suggested! Outrageous.

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Dan Tomlinson almost 6 years ago

I'd welcome the opportunity to logically explore the idea of a brand new lighted pickleball specific court. There once were no baseball diamonds, no skate parks, and no tennis courts in in Prince William County or anywhere else for that matter. Each of these was once a brand new initiative. They were nearly all brought about the the dedication of a handful of advocates who were willing to put in the time and effort to bring their own "fields of dreams" to reality. The reality is that new things happen when people have the vision and determination to make them happen.

The reason that so many tennis courts are being abandoned across the country, as well as here in PWC, is because the sport is in decline. The US Tennis Association's membership peaked a few years ago and has been in decline since. Our desire is to bring new life to one or more of those facilities by repurposing them for an activity that will see them used.

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J M almost 6 years ago

Mr. Tomlinson, I'm happy to see your response and I'm glad you welcome the opportunity to logically explore options. I see where you are coming from in regards to the advancement of the sport of pickle ball much like other sports in previous history. I agree that it's important to have vision and determination toward a positive end.

I'm especially pleased to see you use the word "repurposing" as that seems a much more conservative approach. When you state that "our desire is to bring new life to one of more of those facilities," why is that the first time this seemed to be mentioned? I did not see that in the original or subsequent posts until now.

Being a PWC native, born and raised, I have seen many things come and go - much like what you describe as the Tennis peak and subsequent decline. For that reason, and other similar cases such as that, in particular I think it's important to explore multi-use spaces/facilities and repurposing.

Anything is bound to ebb and flow, that's just natural. So, yes, why not look at some of the current courts throughout the county? Additionally, why not look at working cooperatively with organizations within the county, specifically the schools, whose sport-specific facilities become underutilized in off-season and summer months? Encourage business to explore more cooperative agreements with PWC - there are many private facilities within the county that are significantly underutilized because they require membership of some type.

I'm all for people being involved and advocating for causes that are important to them, however, I know first-hand I've witnessed several of the individuals named in this feed above become belligerent, aggressive, demanding and unreasonable when even the slightest consideration is given to anyone other than themselves (i.e. multi-use/purpose/shared facilities).

It's worth mentioning that I hope many of these individuals do more than just read the PWC mission statement and twist it to fit their cause, rather they take the time to read the detailed budget report and, most specifically, the vision and values of PWC. This is the way the county has decided to move forward and the causes they have thrown their support behind.

Go to the people who work with the county and ask what you can do to advocate/collaborate. Don't simply walk in and demand that changes be made to accommodate something that just so happens to be trending at the moment.

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Barbara Tyrrell almost 6 years ago

MJ We have a wonderful growing community of players in this county. Picklelball is the fastest growing sport in America. We have been working with the county for over a year and have a great relationship with them. We continue to advocate/ collaborate with them daily. Everything we do to support this sport in on a volunteer basis. We invite you to join us. Veterans Park Volunteer Pickleball Coordinator, USA Pickleball Association Woodbridge Ambassador, Barbara Tyrrell

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