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Pickleball fans will get dedicated courts at Lane Community College

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Emerald Valley Pickleball Club
An artist rendering of the Pickleball complex planned for the southeast corner of the Lane Community College campus outside Eugene.

A new regional pickleball complex is planned for Eugene. Organizers recently announced plans to build the facility at Lane Community College.

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. Emerald Valley Pickleball Club president Eric Wold said it’s fun and accessible for people of all ages. But, they’ve been playing on old tennis courts. So he’s excited to soon have a dedicated home for the sport.

“This will be the hub of pickleball that will draw people from Eugene, Springfield, Coburg, Creswell, Cottage Grove,Pleasant Hill, Venetian” he said. “It will be the destination for people to play pickleball locally.”

There’s also potential for regional and national tournaments.

Wold’s club and LCC created a non-profit foundation to help fundraise for the facility. LCC Board president Lisa Fragola said it will bring more people to campus.

“We’re not spending college dollars on this facility,” she said. “Though we will see benefits from it.”

Groundbreaking on the 24 court facility could start in June 2024.

Lane Community College holds the license for KLCC.

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Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.