New Pickleball Facility To Open In Hanover

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Duxbury woman is bringing one of the world's fastest-growing sports to the south shore.

Pickleball may sound like a mixed drink you'd find in the Seaport District, but according to Lisa Demeritt, it's actually more like a mixed sport.

"It's a cross between ping-pong, tennis and badminton," Demeritt said. "But the ball is like a hard whiffle ball."

Pickleball was invented in 1965. Demeritt said she tried it for the first time last summer, during the pandemic.

"I was like, I could actually be good at this, and I enjoy it," she said. "It's competitive, it's fun, and it's super social."

All those qualities turned out to be a recipe for a great business model. Lisa and her business partner Wanda Melampy will be opening Pickles NE — a state-of-the-art Pickleball complex in Hanover, on March 12th.

Demeritt said they're doing everything they can to make it a COVID-19-safe environment.

"You have the ability to social distance while you play," she said. "Some people do still prefer to wear masks while they're playing, even when they're outdoors."

WBZ NewsRadio's Matt Shearer reports:

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Written by Brit Smith

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