Middletown – Pickleball Capitol of Ohio
Middletown loves pickleball, and based on the claim they made in the local newspaper, their town has the most pickleball courts in the entire state: 16 total with 2 more on the way. (This is one more than Mentor, OH.)
With plenty of volunteer and community support for the game, the Middletown Community Fund gave the association a $1,500 grant last year to aid in expanding the courts, said Traci Barnett, executive director.
The association hosted the 12th annual Middletown Senior Pickleball Tournament on August 1-3. Open-aged singles played first followed by senior players (50 and older) playing doubles and mixed doubles.
The tournament had a record 268 registered players from eight states. Five years ago, the tournament drew 112 players.
Are there more “Pickleball Capitals” out there? Let’s start a “Bragging Rights” post.
Is your town the pickleball capital of your state? Tell us why.