Johnson City opens Tri-Cities largest pickleball facility to date
Johnson City Commissioners, parks and recreation officials, and pickleball enthusiasts were on-hand to cut the ribbon on 12 new outdoor pickleball courts at the Memorial Park and Community Center. The facility is now the largest pickleball facility in the Tri-Cities area and the opening ceremony included both an exhibition match and pickleball clinic. The city commission last year approved the $100,000 conversion of four existing tennis courts to be resurfaced and restriped for use as pickleball courts. The demand for more places to play pickleball has grown in Johnson City in recent years with the sport’s popularity also surging nationwide since 2018. Recreation officials said that around 250 players frequently use the Memorial Park and Community Center pickleball facilities and that the facility can draw around 500 players for major events like tournaments.