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Pickleball players have another place to work on their skills.
The Ferlazzo Building in Woodbridge is now home to eight pickleball courts, according to a release from Prince William County.
A ribbon cutting ceremony that celebrated the opening took place at the site on Friday.
Potomac District Supervisor Andrea Bailey, whose office is located at the Ferlazzo building, has noticed community members using the courts.
“It’s such a refreshing and reviving thing to see because it lets me know that, in this uncertain time of COVID-19, people are taking care of their health, their hearts and their minds and — most of all — their spirits,” Bailey said in a release.
Tennis courts used to be where the pickleball courts now stand.
“They took a dilapidated recreational space and turned it into something beautiful,” USA Pickleball Association Woodbridge Ambassador Barbara Tyrrell said in a release. “There is a huge demand for pickleball.”
Hall, a former Manassas Park firefighter, is a professional pickleball player known as “Gizmo Pickleball”.
“My introduction when people ask me, ‘What is pickleball?’ I always tell them it’s like tennis and ping pong had a baby,” Hall said. “This will generally get everybody to think and laugh about it; and at that point, I’ve got them just interested enough to … at least get them out to the court.”
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