So are the equipment and the game itself, a blend of tennis, badminton and pingpong called pickleball. Played with an oversized solid paddle and a Wiffle-type ball, the fast-growing game has become an immediate hit at the sprawling park near Peterson Road and Route 60 in Fremont Township Players are predominantly seniors looking for exercise and camaraderie. That's why township officials decided to transform an unused basketball court into a paradise for pickleballers, most from nearby active adult communities such as Saddlebrook Farms or Grand Dominion.
"We want our aging population to stay active," said Diana O'Kelly, Fremont Township supervisor. "This is the fastest-growing sport in the country, and we wanted to be able to do it right."