Potsdam Recreation Department stalls pickleball plans
Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 5:11 pm

POTSDAM -- The Recreation Department’s plans for pickleball in Potsdam are on hold.

The joint town and village Recreation Committee and Clarkson University have been considering working toward establishing pickleball courts in the village.

But Rose Rivezzi, town councilor and co-chair of the Recreation Committee, reported at Tuesday night’s Town Council meeting that the committee would try to find another way to get the project going after the state Association of Towns advised her that the plan to give Clarkson some money toward renovating four old tennis courts at the school for pickleball would not fall within principals the association upholds.

“So we’ll work for another way” to find some courts for the increasingly popular sport of pickleball.

Pickleball is similar to tennis, with paddles, court lines, a net, and a ball similar to a wiffle ball.

Clarkson had offered to rehab four tennis courts that both tennis and pickleball players could use, with two sets of lines and two height settings for the net.

That would cost about $40,000, and an in-kind contribution from public works employees and the recreation budget would enable a split of the cost with Clarkson.