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Petition circulating in opposition to SF pickleball courts

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Pickleball is stirring up controversy in San Francisco’s Presidio Heights neighborhood. A resident created a petition complaining in regards to the noise from the favored sport.

Neighbors from behind the Presidio Wall pickleball courts have complained and really made a petition in opposition to the sound that comes from these courts, however individuals who play there every day say the sound doesn’t journey very far.

“It’s fairly self-contained, and the courtroom noise is just at sure occasions of day too. I don’t assume it’s disruptive,” mentioned Lucas Ho, who performs on the courts. 

With pickleball turning into all the fashion, San Francisco has opened public pickleball courts all through town to make it extra accessible.

“I like it, simply obtained the pickleball bug and it’s hella enjoyable. The group is superior,” mentioned Zane Roshe, one other participant. 

When the Presidio Wall courts get busy, you’ll be able to hear the “pock-pock” pickleball sound from a block away. It’s turn out to be a nuisance for one Presidio Heights resident who created a petition on change.org known as “Halt Pickleball Play on Presidio Wall Courts for Correct Environmental Impression Evaluation”.

It was created Saturday, however whenever you go to click on on the petition now the web site says the petition isn’t accessible, as a result of it both violated group tips or the starter eliminated it. Phrase about this petition was circulating on the courtroom Thursday.

The San Francisco Parks and Recreation Division does plan so as to add extra pickleball courts throughout town to ease crowding at current courts. Division leaders say they’re conscious of the petition and they’re working with neighbors and the pickleball group to search out acceptable compromises. 

Gamers say everybody leaves by nightfall so it shouldn’t be too disruptive.

“I don’t actually see how the noise is sufficient of a problem that it bothers folks usually, as a result of there isn’t a lights right here in order that limits the time,” Ho mentioned. 

Whereas standing above the pickleball courts, KRON4 might hear the sport. It’s not too loud however neighbors who dwell there say it actually echoes by the neighborhood and that’s what’s irritating. 

No neighbors needed to be on digital camera. KRON4 even reached out to the lady who made the petition however she didn’t get again to us in time for this report.

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