Pickle ball players will need to wait a little longer to see if city council gives a thumbs up to having the popular racquet sport played at the Central Park Lacrosse Box.

On Tuesday (May 10) Brian Dafoe — a representative of a group of some 50 Merrittonian pickle ball players — spoke to council asking that the multi-use facility have court lines painted on its surface and that four nets be purchased.

The club also wants permission to play there three mornings per week from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and two evenings per week from 6 p.m. to dusk.

Dafoe told council that with multiple courts, other clubs could be invited to town for tournaments.

“The big plus would be the availability of washrooms, picnic table sand possibly a concession,” Dafoe said.

Dafoe said the sport box is an ideal facility due to its smooth playing surface and the neighbouring concession and washroom building.

Most of council expressed interest in having the group use the facility, but wanted more information on costs and how the court lines would impact the play of other sports in the facility before making any final decision.