CORAL SPRINGS, FL – At one of Coral Springs’ largest parks, the rows of basketball courts have been replaced with pickleball courts.
The replacement at Cypress Park caused some basketball players to push city officials to find a way to add basketball courts somewhere else in the park at 1301 Coral Springs Drive.
On Monday, City Manager Frank Babinec announced that his staff has found a place to relocate the basketball courts in the park.
He said he’ll bring the option to city commissioners to consider in the coming weeks. He didn’t provide a location in the park.
“So we’ll have both amenities at Cypress Park,” he said.
In recent weeks, Coral Springs converted the basketball courts into eight pickleball courts (which cost about $50,000, city officials said) following years of complaints from nearby residents and park visitors that some basketball players were rowdy.
The pickleball courts were also added, city officials said, because pickleball is a popular, fast-growing sport, and the new courts could be a way to bring national pickleball tournaments to Coral Springs.
A hybrid of ping pong, badminton, and tennis, the game is fairly simple: Players use oversized paddles and a plastic ball similar to a Wiffleball and hit it over a three-foot net on a court about the size of a badminton court.
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