People sure can be funny sometimes, intentionally or, as is more-often the case, unintentionally by just being themselves.

Take last weekend, when the city parks department held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new pickleball courts at Gregg Park.

No sooner had we posted a picture of the event on our Facebook page did the comments complaining about how the department had done away with the old tennis courts for these new pickleball courts.

Readers may not know or have forgotten that there once were tennis courts at Gregg Park — and over at Four Lakes Park, and back behind Tecumseh-Harrison Elementary School, and downtown just down the street from the old Clark Middle School — courts all long ago abandoned.

Tennis was once a popular pastime in Vincennes, played by young and old alike, men and women, matches in singles and in doubles, morning, noon and night.

The Sun-Commercial even sponsored a tennis tournament back in those bygone times.

Over the years people's tastes changed, and tennis, as a recreational sport, lost its appeal, the courts falling into disrepair and, through no one's fault, finally forgotten.

Pickleball, as former Sun-Commercial sports editor Larry Rusk will tell you, is “currently the world's fastest growing sport.” Well it's certainly popular here.

It is a combination of tennis and badminton, played on a miniature tennis court with a net, with paddles instead of rackets and a plastic ball rather than a tennis ball or shuttlecock.

It may be, as one reader called it, “faux-tennis for old people.”

But having watched a few matches, and having even tried our hand at the sport, we can attest there is nothing fake about the workout one gets from playing pickleball.

True, it may be a fad.

Once it seemed like everyone jogged, but these days those one sees out along the streets are serious runners, constantly checking their times and calorie “burns” on expensive, high-tech devices.

Fifty years from now, the pickleball courts at Gregg Park may be in just as poor condition as those old tennis courts.

For now, let's appreciate what this group of dedicated “pickleballers” accomplished by working together toward a common goal rather than criticize the loss of long-abandoned old tennis courts.

Now, if we could only revive the city's interest in building a new skateboard park at Lester Square.

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