As pickleball becomes more and more popular, so has sound and parking issues increased at Rudgear Park, home of the Walnut Creek Pickleball Club. I recently checked out the park and was surprised to see the tennis courts essentially deserted. However, I could hear a lot ping ponging nearby and as I rounded the corner, I couldn’t believe my eyes as I saw dozens upon dozens of people playing or waiting to play pickleball. To those unfamiliar with the fastest growing sport, pickleball is played on what looks like miniatures tennis courts, and is like a combination of tennis, ping pong and badminton.
Neighbors living on Dapplegray Lane, right across from the courts, have been complaining about noise, parking and other problems and it looks like Walnut Creek is listening as they are considering locking the courts on weekdays, directing players to indoor courts at Tice Valley Gym instead.
Do the neighbors’ goal of peace and quiet override the enjoyment of pickleball players at a park? When I visited, I saw people of all ages enjoying socializing while playing pickleball, no doubt improving their health and well being. I was particularly amazed by the agility of retired people as they diligently hit net shots, easily keeping up with younger players through their finesse play.
Is closing these outdoor pickleball courts and moving them indoors an equitable solution to the pickleball community? Would introducing parking restrictions and bathroom signs in addition to sound dampening features be a reasonable solution for neighbors instead?
I suppose all the scarecrows I’ve been seeing in Danville are meant to be lighthearted holiday displays but I find them frightening, particularly this “fire chief” recently spotted at the end of Hartz Ave.
Spotted under my tent on an overnight at Mt. Diablo, this scorpion was not the scariest part of the trip. It was finding my tent ripped open in the morning with my pants laying outside. I think I forgot to throw away an empty wrapper and a racoon got it while I slept calmy with my earplugs in. Lesson learned.
The Beyond the Creek blog has been online for over ten years posting about the latest happenings and daily life in much of the East Bay, east of the Caldecott. For most of that time, the community response has been mostly positive and understanding of other viewpoints that people may not agree with. Recently however, community input has devolved more and more into personal attacks and typical trolling behavior seen elsewhere.
With this in mind, I have posted a Community Standards page that goes over what is and is not expected of BtC commenters.
tl;dr don’t be a jerk.
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Despite a Contra Costa health order mandating indoor masking in most public places, including retail shops such as Target, I was surprised to recently see maskless people at the Walnut Creek Target. These weren’t masks hanging below their face people either, absolutely no masks. Considering the amount of employees milling about I was curious how these people could freely shop. So at the register I asked what the policy was and one employee told me they, despite the indoor mask order, can only suggestthat people wear masks. That’s all.
The take away I came away with was that if you enjoy going maskless, Target is the place to shop at!