Pickleball expanding throughout Skagit County


August 2, 2023

Four people play pickleball

Mel Damski

PICKLEBALL IS POPULAR IN SHELTER BAY – Every day folks are on the courts, as here, in Shelter Bay, and at facilities throughout Skagit County and around the country. Created on Bainbridge Island, pickleball was designated Washington state's state sport in 2022.

Pickleball started nearby on Bainbridge Island as a sport for kids in 1965. It has evolved into an extremely popular sport that bridges the generation gap, with many older participants. Last year the state legislature made it the official sport of Washington.

Shelter Bay has tennis courts across from its administration building on Shoshone Drive that can be tightened up with a lower net and lines moved so there is less ground to cover. The tennis court further south on Shelter Bay Drive is being converted into four pickleball courts and will be in early August.

It appeals to older players b...

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