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Painters vandalize pickleball lines at Bloomfield courts

Pickleball season in Bloomfield will be held up this year due to vandalism at the courts.

“The pickleball lines at the Bloomfield tennis and pickleball courts on Brick Street were painted over either last Fall or early this Spring, making them almost invisible to the pickleball players,” said Bev Humphrey, secretary with the Picton Recreation Committee.

The tennis lines were not touched.
This vandalism has been reported to the County and the OPP East Region Headquarters.

“The County had very recently refurbished the tennis courts in Wellington, Bloomfield and Picton at considerable expense. Each court required a new playing surface and for the first time, lines for pickleball were added to all three courts. Now because of this vandalism, approximately $2,500 additional tax dollars will be spent to repaint the pickleball lines on the Bloomfield Court.”

Humphrey notes pickleball has become a popular sport in North America and the Picton Recreation Committee reports they have 55 people from all over the County, who have signed up to play and the numbers are growing each season. They play outdoors in Bloomfield and Picton from April to the end of September and indoor at PECI from October to mid April.
“Until the vandalism is repaired, they will only be using the Picton courts,” said Humphrey.

People with knowledge of the vandalism are asked to notify the Director of Recreation and Community Facilities Lisa Lindsay, the OPP, or any member of the Picton or Bloomfield Recreation Committees.

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