The conflict over the noise and use of the outdoor courts at Otumba and Sunset Parks is being addressed by the city of Sturgeon Bay. Residents near Otumba Park expressed the noise concern of pickleball during the public discussion of the last city council meeting. Claire Morkin, who lives on Joliet Avenue, shared her idea to keep the noise pollution caused by pickleball down at the neighborhood park.
District 2 councilmember and Park and Recs committee chair David Hayes, says one of the courts will remain only a tennis court at Otumba Park while two of the four courts at Sunset will be striped for pickleball. At a committee meeting Wednesday, Hayes heard from tennis players who wanted the city to keep some dedicated courts for tennis playing only. He says a line-item budget was recommended for next year that would make Sunset Park a more attractive setting for pickleball.
While the nets are lower for pickleball you can fit at least two courts on a single tennis court. Pickleball reportedly is the fastest growing sport in the country that uses elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong.