Pickleball is coming to Fredonia, thanks to county

Waubedonia Park tennis courts to be striped for popular paddle sport
By 
COREY SCHMIDT
Ozaukee Press staff

A wiffle ball flies across the tennis court as Fredonia resident Kevin Parker plays pickleball with his son, Robert, and wife, Rene.

However, living in Fredonia makes this more of a challenge as the village has yet to install a pickleball court. Because of this, he has to pull out his tape measure and lay down tape each time he plays in town.

Eventually, Parker took the initiative to reach out to the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee inquiring about the possibility of getting a more permanent pickleball court in town. When the committee met, they were surprised by another community member who took the initiative to figure things out for them.

As the committee approached the agenda item, a community member spoke up saying they reached out to the county about the possibility of getting pickleball lines set up at Waubedonia Park, and they were told it was going to happen.

Ryan Mueller, Waubedonia Park’s caretaker, said the stencils for the court are in and will be installed by the end of summer. However, a clear timeline is not in the picture. Mueller said the project remains a low priority for the county considering they want to create more camping sites in the park and do work to the pavilion at Covered Bridge in Cedarburg first.

Another delay Mueller mentioned was that the tennis courts need to be power washed prior to putting the lines on to help them last longer.

Village of Fredonia President Donald Dohrwardt is optimistic the courts will bring a positive influence to the village.

“I think it’s a good idea, pickleball has become more popular over the years,” Dohrwardt said. “We approached the county four years ago, they weren’t too interested, but I think it’s good it’s happening now.”

Parker hopes the Parks and Recreation Committee will take it upon themselves to promote this to the community through programming.

“I believe with the permanent pickleball courts, more residents will get involved with the sport,” Parker said. “Tennis is a great sport too, but more difficult to play than pickleball. It would be easy to run a league through the park and rec department or set one up otherwise.”

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