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| 1 min read | by Lonnie Huhman, lhuhman@thesuntimesnews.com |

Wolverine Pickleball wants to set up shop off of Metty Drive, just north of Ann Arbor Arms, in Scio Township with the aim of being a destination for a sport that is quickly gaining in popularity.

During her presentation to the Scio Township Board on Oct. 22, Christy Howden, co-owner of Wolverine Pickleball, said they are excited to bring one of the fastest-growing sports to the community.

She called pickleball a very social and community-building sport.

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Howden said they believe it will bring quite a few people into Scio to play at the facility.

According to the United States of America Pickleball Association, the basics of the game is that it’s a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It can be played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and with a slightly modified tennis net; it’s played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes, and it can be done in either doubles or singles.

The township board unanimously granted a conditional land use approval so the Wolverine Pickleball could establish the facility on the four-acres of vacant property on Metty. The plan is to construct two buildings that will include 16 courts, locker rooms, pro shop, office area, dining/lounge as well as kitchen and bar space.

The facility would host leagues, tournaments, and open and skilled courts. 

Howden said they plan to apply for a liquor license and they would offer a restaurant bar area for people to hang out and socialize after playing. The restaurant area would seat 75.

The Scio Township planning commission recommended the use of approval to the township board after having a public hearing, which saw two people offer their support for the plan.

One was John Beckett, a business owner on Jackson Avenue, who said he has been playing pickleball for two years. He called it a very engaging sport that is appealing more and more to all ages. He said he very much supports this sport coming to Scio.

Tonia Rose, the other public speaker during the hearing and also the general manager of Ann Arbor Arms, agreed with Beckett and said Wolverine Pickleball has their neighbor’s support.

Township board member Kathy Knol said the plan looks interesting while fellow board trustee Christine Green said it will be a nice addition.

To learn more about Wolverine Pickleball go to www.wolverinepickleball.com.

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