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Pickleball players in Victoria, B.C. under fire for the noise game generates

It's the sound of having fun, association says


May 2, 2022
By Turf & Rec

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A recreational pursuit that has been growing in popularity in recent years has also been generating numerous complaints. Pickleball, which is played with a polymer paddle and hard plastic ball punched with several holes, makes a distinct “pok pok” sound when contact is made between paddle and ball. In Victoria, B.C., neighbours of tennis courts where games are played have complained about noise levels, resulting in players being banned from those areas. The local pickleball association argues it is the sound of people having fun and getting physical exercise. Players are being forced to relocate to a downtown location, but it’s a disruption that has affected about 100 players.

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