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Pickleball Ribbon Cutting this Friday

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The Hopkinton Parks and Recreation department invites members of the public to join them Friday, May 31 at 3:00 PM at the Fruit Street Field complex to celebrate the grand opening of Hopkinton’s Fruit Street Pickleball and Tennis Courts.

The event will feature food, drinks and music. Parks and Rec and Community Preservation Committee members will be on-hand to take questions, and following the ceremony, the courts will be open for all.

The courts are located at 17 Pratt Way in Hopkinton, across from the dog park.

Pickleball is an exciting paddle sport that blends elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. It is played on a court similar in size to a doubles badminton court, but with a net slightly lower than a tennis net. Players use solid paddles, typically made of wood or composite materials, and a perforated plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball. The game is played in both doubles and singles formats, with doubles the most common.

>> RELATED: Open Play Pickleball and Padel Coming to Hopkinton

Pickleball has become popular for its simplicity, accessibility, and social aspect, offering a good workout for people of all ages and fitness levels. Its quick and engaging games have fostered a friendly and inclusive community, leading to its rapid growth in popularity, especially in the United States.

The new courts feature four permanent pickleball courts with fixed nets alongside a tennis court with a fixed net. Additionally, the tennis court will have lines painted for four more pickleball courts, which can be used with portable nets (provided by the town) when the tennis court is not in use.

Please note that the permanent nets were not installed when this photo was taken. In addition, the tennis and pickleball lines on the tennis court were not painted.

Parks and Rec have published a policies and procedures document to assist the public. Access to the courts is on a first-come, first-serve basis from May 31 to September 8, and in the fall Parks and Rec will host instructional programs, tournaments, and events, with the potential for court reservations.

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      • So the couple who were supposed to open this (previous owners of Westborough Swim and Tennis Club) I have heard they bought the Westborough club back (when it went out of businessduring Coved. Not positive the Hopkinton Swim and Tennis is dead. But not sure it has any urgency in their minds either. Really sad since promises were made to the town (not by these two people though).
        It is what it is.

  1. I am so happy as a resident of Hopkinton that the town has created this magnificent venue to appeal to people that have picked up this fabulous sport that can be played by the young and old with little risk of injury. Pickleball helps strangers become friends and brings current friends closer together through the camaraderie of doubles play.

  2. Pickleball ribbon cutting, in some unknow town in an unknown state. LOL

    You would think the article would at least tell us WHERE. What kind of idiot writes and article about a ribbon cutting without even mentioning WHERE. What state? City? Town?

    In other news there was a massive fire today that killed someone. Somewhere.

    • Look in the mirror. The article is on Hopnews. If you’re reading the article on Hopnews you should know where you are. It states that the HOPKINTON Parks and Rec Dept is hosting the event. It also gives the address of 17 PRATT WAY in HOPKINTON. And there’s always Google. Go learn to read and troll someone else.

  3. There are a bunch of Hopkintons in the US. I got the notice about the courts and I live in Colorado. Turns out there is no Hopkinton in Colorado 🙂

  4. The explosion of pickleball reminds me of the development of the microprocessor that made it possible to create more affordable home computers in the early 1970’s. I took my son to a public park today to play pickleball for his first time, and he couldn’t believe how much fun and what a great workout he had. For those of you out there still wondering what pickleball is all about, don’t wait too long, because you may leave this world without ever playing pickleball. Carpe Diem.

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