The 67-year-old then played in the gymnasium at Emerald Hill Elementary School as part of a Culpeper County parks and recreation program that started in 2018, but was scrapped with COVID. Courts were also painted outside Sycamore Park Elementary School and exist in private gymnasiums in Culpeper. The nearest public courts are in Fredericksburg.
Shackleford helped start the Culpeper Pickleball Association with its 75 members who play regularly, weather permitting, in the Lakeview subdivision.
“We were lucky that the homeowners association agreed to paint lines for four pickleball courts on their tennis courts,” he said in a phone call Tuesday.
Players are between 30 and 70 years old, meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday on the courts to play and at 3 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday.
The new courts at Mountain Run Lake Park will be a welcome addition, Shackleford said. The park, which is home to the city’s reservoir and dam, is underutilized for recreational purposes, the pickleball player said.
The courts, located far enough from the lake, will not injure eagles or other wildlife at the scenic site, he said. And the game will help strengthen the well-being of the community.
Matches are 15 minutes long, and while players wait for their turns, there is a common interest, Shackleford said.