Pickleball courts complete, donated to city
STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Pioneer Park Pickleball courts in Rhinelander are officially open for play. A ribbon, made of pickleballs strung together, was cut by pickleball group spokesperson Maureen O’Melia and Rhinelander City Parks Director Jeremy Biolo Monday morning.
The group sought to raise just over $100,000, much of which O’Melia said was donated by community members, to build the eight courts and provide signage. The facility was then donated back to the city. The group is still asking for donations for wind screens and a shade area.
Pickleball is similar to tennis but played on smaller courts with paddles similar to ping-pong, and a hard ball with holes.
The courts replace two dilapidated tennis courts at Pioneer Park. Fundraising began last October with work beginning in May. For more information, visit rhinelanderpickleball.net.