In addition to the alliteration, the recently-unveiled Pine Avenue Community Center in Carlsbad contains two increasingly-popular features—pickleball and pervious pavement.
Pickleball is a sport quickly gaining popularity, especially among baby boomers. Cities across the country are adding pickleball courts to their new and renovated sports parks and gyms. A combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis, the sport is played on a badminton-sized court with a rectangular paddle a bit larger than a table tennis paddle and a ball similar to a wiffle ball. Like tennis, pickleball can be played singles or doubles. The game was invented by three Bainbridge Island, Washington dads in the mid-1960s hoping to alleviate their kids’ summer boredom.
The new parking lot at Pine Avenue Park and Community Center is constructed of permeable paving over a filtration layer. This pervious top layer allows rainwater to be captured and filtered before it percolates into the ground—rather than flowing into storm drains, taking with it oils, trash and waste which flows to the ocean. In the event of large storms, overflow is filtered, captured in a retention basin, and only then discharged into storm drains.