New pickleball courts and tournament at North Veterans Memorial Park

Aug. 1—RUSHVILLE — The Rushville Parks Department has completed a new addition to North Veterans Memorial Park: a pickleball court. In the past, this space was underused and rarely visited by park visitors.

Wanting to rectify this problem, the Parks Department hesitated between adding a new basketball court or a pickleball court. Seeing the increase in national interest in pickleball, the parks department has committed to bringing a new activity to the Rushville parks system. Through a joint effort of the Parks Department, the Streets Department, and Eugene Stanley, the pickleball court quickly came together.

To celebrate the official opening of the pickleball courts, the City of Rushville and Rush County Bicentennial Committee will host the inaugural Bicentennial Summer Series Pickleball Tournament. The annual tournament will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 6 at North Veterans Memorial Park. Courts may be located behind the Waggener Community Pool.

To enter the tournament, please find and follow the link posted on the City of Rushville Facebook page or type https://forms.gle/L24tpTz5ebJD7cVj8. Team registration closes Thursday, August 4. The registration cost is $10 per team upon arrival at the tournament. Players are not allowed to play until payment has been cleared. The tournament will be double elimination, which means that each team will play at least two matches.

Teams will play for a first grand prize of $200, in honor of Rush County’s bicentennial. The second place team will receive $50. Participants should not forget their payment, paddles and balls. Participants are recommended to bring their own water, but water and light snacks will be provided.

Pickleball courts are open to the public at North Veterans Memorial Park. This addition signifies the city’s continued investment and interest in the Rushville park system.

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Contact Aaron Kirchoff at [email protected]

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