Pickleball courts, leash-free zone part of upgrades at Burlington park

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Published October 27, 2023 at 10:10 am

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An upgraded baseball diamond with seating have been added to Leighland Park

After months of renovations, a Burlington park has re-opened with a bunch of major upgrades.

Now that the work at Leighland Park has been completed, those in the neighbourhood will be able to use new play areas for pickleball, tennis, basketball, and ball hockey.

As well, the upgraded baseball diamond has added accessible spectator seating.

Located at 1200 Leighland Rd., other improvements include outdoor fitness equipment, several shade structures with seating, a drinking fountain, and, for pet owners, a leach-free area. Several trees have also been planted.

While some minor work continues at the park, those areas will be off-limits until completed.

The addition of the pickleball court will come as welcome news to many as it is the fastest-growing sport in Burlington with the demand for playing facilities outpacing court availability.

For those unfamiliar, pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong using a plastic ball with holes. Its roots can be traced back to 1965 when a U.S. politician and a businessman, looking for a family sport, cobbled together some equipment and developed the rules. In recent years the sport has taken off with courts popping up in locations around North America.

 

 

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