Don’t get in a pickle: Heed new rules on popular game at senior center
Published 11:38 am, Wednesday, August 19, 2015
New policies for playing pickleball have been adopted at the town’s Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, effective Sept.1, because of the game’s growing popularity.
Anyone who wants to play pickleball must first check in at the front desk in the lobby to be issued a pickleball card. There will be a $20 annual fee for town residents, and a $30 fee for non-residents. Drop-in players pay $5 per game.
All players must also belong to the Bigelow Center, currently free of charge, and membership applications are available at the front desk. Completed membership applications should be put in the green box next to the front desk.
Pickleball players will be checked to see if they are also registered with the center.
Potential players will be allowed one free first visit to decide if they want to join.
After that, membership will be required to return. The annual pickleball fees will be used to for equipment and activities related to pickleball.
It is expected that by Oct. 1, annual fees will be paid for regular players.
There are currently about 200 registered pickleball players at the senior center, and there are two courts set up during each play time.
There are also four new outdoor pickleball courts, available free of charge, at Tomlinson Middle School. To reserve an outdoor court, call 203-256-3191.
The new fall pickleball schedule at the center, starting the week of Sept. 28, will be: Monday and Tuesday from 2:15 to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 2:15 to 6:50 p.m.; Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. There is no pickleball on Wednesdays.