Howard County officials unveiled the largest pickleball court installation in the county earlier this month in Woodbine.
The eight new courts at Western Regional Park, at 14800 Carrs Mill Road, were officially opened Sept. 8, to address the rise in the sport’s popularity in the county, according to Recreation and Parks Director Nick Mooneyhan.
The number of documented pickleball players at the Gary J. Arthur Community Center in Cooksville and on the tennis courts at the park have jumped to more than 3,600 over the last few years, and is continuing to grow, he said.
The county anticipates construction to start on six additional pickleball courts and other amenities at Blandair Park in Columbia next year, according to a county news release.
“We recognize the popularity of pickleball,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said in the release. “Our residents, especially those who are part of our active-aging community, enjoy the exercise, competition, and camaraderie that this sport provides. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and we know that it’s important that our residents have access to the best facilities right in their neighborhoods.”
Both the pickleball courts and adjacent tennis courts have new benches, lights and shade structures to allow the courts to be used for more hours each day. A new pathway between the courts was also built for players and spectators.
New inclusive playground installed
The county also celebrated installation of a new inclusive playground at Warfield’s Pond Park in Glenwood earlier this month. The new park replaces a 25-year-old playground with a modern and accessible park for residents of all abilities.
The 4,800-square-foot playground has two new merry-go-rounds, swings that have elements to improve accessibility, an augmented and alternative communication board, benches, shade structures, interactive musical play and a fully accessible rubber surface, according to a news release.
The boardwalks, parking lot surface and walkways were resurfaced, ADA access to the tennis courts was improved and park benches were updated.
The $300,000 project was funded in part by a Local Parks Playground Infrastructure Grant, according to the release. Local funds were used for the remaining items.
Since 2021, the department unveiled four other inclusive playgrounds around the county including at Blandair Regional Park, Centennial Park, Savage Park and Schooley Mill Park.
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Warfield’s Pond Park is at 14523 MacClintock Drive.
For more information, visit howardcountymd.gov/rap.