Cape Girardeau tennis courts to be turned into pickleball courts

Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 3:18 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2021 at 4:40 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A tennis court in Cape Girardeau is undergoing a big change.

Crews are transforming half of the tennis courts near Arena Park into pickleball courts.

These will be the first outdoor pickleball courts the city has set up.

Brock Davis is the divisional manager for the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

He talked to us about the growing popularity of the sport.

“It is exciting to have something new...we always tried to implement new leagues, new sports, new events. They don’t always take off, uh, but uh, this one has really picked up speed, and seems it’s going to be around for quite some time,” Davis said.

Officials said the courts are renovated every seven years, and this year they decided to make the change.

The new pickleball courts are being paid for through federal funds. They are expected to be finished in November.

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