Logan mayor lobbies Cache County Council for Pickleball courts

In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 photo, clockwise from left; Gary Dyson, Del Teter, Donna Shattenberg and David Bone compete in a game of pickleball at Sun City West senior community in Surprise, Ariz. A hybrid of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is played on a court a quarter the size of a tennis court, with hard rackets and a variety of whiffle ball. "It's really easy to learn, it's a lot of fun and it's a very social game because you're in a small area with a lot of interaction," said Bill Booth, president of the USA Pickleball Association. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Pickleball passion has caught up with Logan and officials say fans of the sport are anxious to seee more places to play in the city. Tuesday night Logan Mayor Craig Petersen said he and Parks and Recreation Director Russ Akina were impressed when they went to Brigham City and saw what has been happening there.

<span>”Brigham City built eight courts two years ago and now they’re building nine more,” Petersen said. “We heard at least four or five LDS Stake Centers that got portable equipment and are putting them up on Saturdays.</span>

<span>”There was a guy we played with in Brigham City who built his own building for Pickleball courts. It’s kind of scary to see the passion that some people have for this game.”</span>

The mayor asked members of the Cache County Council for permission to re-direct $100,000 from Logan’s RAPZ Tax allocation to build eight unlighted Pickleball courts. That funding had been planned for tennis and basketball courts.

Mayor Petersen said Pickleball fans have offered to raise money to help get the Pickleball project off the ground.

Although this was the first time the council has been asked to change a RAPZ tax allocation, the motion to do so was passed unanimously.

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