It’s official, the newest sport to be played at the multi-use sports complex in Central Park will be pickle ball.

City council officially gave the sport its blessing at the regular council meeting of May 24, after local pickle ball players organized, and petitioned the city to add court lines to the lacrosse box.

There is no set time line for when the lines will be added, but Brad Gilbert, director of recreation and facilities for the City of Merritt was confident a game plan would be drafted in the coming days.

Brian Dafoe, who represented the group of more than 50 pickle ball players, said the the sport box is an ideal facility due to its smooth playing surface and the neighbouring concession and washroom building.

The city also granted the players rights to the court several mornings per week, and authorized the purchase of four additional nets.