Pickleball is said to be the fastest growing sport in United States. It has certainly been all the rage in Hannibal for the past few years. Even if you can’t find a partner to play with you, the Hannibal Parks and Recreation Department can hook you up on Tuesday nights.

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Pickleball players are welcome to join in the fun on Tuesday nights at Huckleberry Park for Open Pickleball Play.

Open pickleball play is offered every Tuesday at 5:30 on the outside courts at Hannibal’s Huckleberry Park, weather permitting. Players must provide their own equipment.

Tom Batenhorst, Park Board president and avid pickleball player, pointed out that pickleball nets are at the Huckleberry Park courts seven days a week, but there will always be someone to play against on Tuesday evenings.

He encouraged players of all ages and skill levels to take part in open play on Tuesdays. “It’s a social game, you meet different people as you play. And even though it’s for all skill levels, there are some very advanced players, and it’s a strategic game,” he said. “As with any sport, you can do what you want with it, you can just go for a fun game or try to be a top player.”

Recently, Hannibal Parks & Recreation installed user-activated lights at the Huckleberry Park courts so players can still enjoy the game after dark. You can also play pickleball at the Norfolk & Southern Multi-Sports Park in Hannibal. Indoor play is an option at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center. Hannibal Parks and Rec also has league play for leisure or skilled players.

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