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Pickleball a hit in Cannadaigua

Two years ago, nearly 50 pickleball enthusiasts — many dressed in green and blue T-shirts — came out to a City Council committee meeting, asking for a better place to play.

And on Wednesday morning, even more of the community’s pickleball players came out to Sonnenberg Park for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the community’s new outdoor courts.

About 75 people attended the ceremony, according to Kathy Wegman, a member of the Canandaigua Pickleball Group and one of the people who made a presentation to members of City Council back in 2017 about the need for more courts.

“The courts are a dream come true — surpassed our expectations,” Wegman said.

The city and town of Canandaigua joined together to pay for repurposing of the park’s tennis courts and creating eight pickleball courts.

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