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SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts (WWLP) – Big changes are coming to a popular park in the Indian Orchard Corridor.

Pickleball is considered the fastest growing sport in America and the city of Springfield is keeping up with this trend by creating a space for pickleball players.

On Wednesday, city leaders stuck their golden spades into the ground to mark the future pickleball courts in the park. Starting as early as September, Hubbard Park will transform from a park with tennis courts into a green oasis that offers both tennis and pickleball courts.

Pickleball invites people of all ages to play, and the City of Springfield is answering their call for a place to play together. Thomas Ashe, director of parks, buildings and recreation management, told 22News, “It’s going to be a great asset to the community and to this neighborhood and a sport that has really taken off. We’ve noticed that and the mayor has noticed it. So this is a reflection of what the community needs and also a recognition that it’s a very popular sport now and we want to keep up.”

“Everyone loves pickleball now, so we will be here at Hubbard Park, at Greenleaf Park, there will be more amenities here and the signage will be improved,” adds Mayor Sarno.

We hope to complete the current construction by September so that the pickleball players can have plenty of fun before it gets too cold!

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