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Sep. 21, 2021 | Tuesday
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Pickleball courts open, draw crowds
Chris McKnight teaches his son Finlay, 2, how to serve a pickleball on Saturday. (Richard Harley)

Pickleball courts were full up on Saturday morning, the first day the Virgil courts were open for play since being closed for public safety amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

John Hindle, president of the NOTL Pickleball Club, was out on the courts and said about 25 club members had been by in the morning, plus families looking to use the courts.

He said club members were anxious to get back in the swing.

“They know there are restrictions, but we all recognize that those are going to ease, as we slowly reopen,” he said.

He noted the whole Centennial Sports Park was buzzing with activity.

“It’s not unique to pickleball. People just want to get out and do something other than going for a walk.”

Chris McKnight was playing pickleball and teaching his two-year-old son Finlay the ropes. He said it was good to get out of the house and play a few games.

“(It’s) always nice to get out and do something, especially for him — we like to tire him out before his nap,” McKnight said.

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