The rise of a new sport in El Paso brings a new addition to Ascarate Park

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EL PASO, Texas — Pickleball, a combination of tennis, table tennis and badminton, has exploded in popularity in El Paso and is bringing change to Ascarate Park.

Pickleball El Paso Association, a conglomeration of pickleball players in El Paso, pushed the county and city to add permanent pickleball courts to public parks. El Paso has no courts for players to practice their sport. Many can use a tennis court to play the game, but it is much larger than a pickleball court, and the scratches on the surface are not the same.

“You have to arrive before the tennis players to have a court. Other cities have permanent, dedicated pickleball courts, and it’s easy,” association president Jamie Fisher explained of the need for a permanent court.

This will soon change. County Parks and Recreation Department Director Veronica Myers said one of Ascarate Park’s tennis courts is being redone and converted into four permanent pickleball courts.

“With the growing demand for pickleball, we wanted to make sure we had pickleball courts in our central park,” Myers said.

The dimensions of a tennis court are 74 feet by 36 feet, while a pickleball court is much smaller, with dimensions of 44 feet by 20 feet.

You can learn more about Pickleball El Paso Association and their upcoming events on their website here.

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