Both adults and children will find something new at Delano Central Park, with the addition of pickle ball courts and a new interactive playground. Both opened officially Wednesday, June 12, at a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The new features in Central Park are likely to attract visitors at the upcoming Delano Fourth of July weekend, July 3 through July 6.
The new playground and pickle ball courts on are the east side of Central Park. The playground has opportunities for climbing, a slide, a spinner and more. Adults can whirl around on the spinner while kids whiz down the slide. Both generations can chase lights and listen to jazzy music on a prototype interactive device designed by Landscape Structures (LSI) of Delano.
The multi-generation play area is the result of a team effort of the city of Delano, the Delano Public Works Department, Delano Park Board and LSI. The team effort saved money for Delano taxpayers and, at the same time, enables LSI to use the playground as a demonstration site for some of its newest equipment.
The new play area has been taking shape gradually over the past year. Gone are older pieces of playground equipment that were installed several decades ago. Delano planned the new area with a goal of getting multi generations involved, and area residents came up with the pickle ball idea.
Pickle ball leagues are starting to spring up in cities such as Victoria as well as the Loretto area. In Delano, Del and Carolyn Hirsch have served as a motivating force behind bringing the sport to local residents. For the next few weeks they will teach pickle ball at the Delano court at 10 a.m. on Saturdays. Carolyn said information about pickle ball rules and equipment is available online.
The man who invented pickle ball named the sport after his dog Pickle. Game play resembles tennis, but players use a large version of a ping-pong paddle and a ball resembling a small whiffle ball. Although pickle ball players do not cover as much ground as tennis players, they still chase balls that go out of bounds.