Pickleball games are already held on the basketball court at the North Little Rock Community Center, 2700 Willow St., on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The sport is also popular at the North Heights Community Center, 4801 Allen St., Hartwick said.
Pickleball was invented in 1965 but has most recently caught on among all ages and skill levels, according to the USA Pickleball Association. Its rules are simple and the game is easy to pick up, according to the organization’s website usapa.org. Because most games involve doubles play, it’s also a social game, and the game’s quick pace can provide a fast workout.
The One Heart Playground in Burns Park, opened in September 2017 for special ne children and adults, is being expanded in size and adding a wheelchair swing and a merry-go-round also accessible for wheelchairs. The $12,000, custom-made wheelchair swing, produced by a Scottish company, has been shipped and is due in New York on Oct. 19, Hartwick said.
“We’re trying to finish up a lot of things before the end of the year, ” he said.
The former Stone Links golf course was sold in an auction in December 2014. After many Stone Links subdivision residents expressed concerns to the city about the future use of the land, city officials worked with the new owners to have the nearly 170 acres donated to the city. The North Little Rock City Council approved placing the property under the management of the Parks Department in April 2016.
“Parks go way beyond just improving the aesthetics of our community,” Mayor Joe Smith said through a city spokesman about the changes happening in the city’s parks. “They provide our kids a place to practice and develop physical and social skills. Our playgrounds and parks can be focal points for helping build interaction between neighbors.”
Metro on 10/07/2019