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Grand opening of permanent pickleball court slated for Monday

Grand opening of permanent pickleball court slated for Monday
Roland Sunga of Burbank reaches to hit the ball back into play on opening day of full-time pickleball courts at Larry Maxam Memorial Park on April 9. (Tim Berger / Burbank Leader)

A grand-opening ceremony for a new permanent pickleball court in Burbank will be held at 8 a.m. Monday at Larry L. Maxam Memorial Park, 3715 W. Pacific Ave.

About 60 private donors contributed roughly $20,000 to convert a tennis court at the park into four permanent pickleball courts.

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While the courts have been used regularly during the past month, Monday will be the grand-opening celebration.

Pickleball is a paddle sport, similar to a racquetball, that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis.

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Two or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net.

The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court and a net and rules somewhat similar to tennis, with some modifications.

Pickleball was invented in the mid-1960s as a children's backyard pastime but has become a popular and growing sport among all ages in the United States.

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