That big cheer you just heard was from all of the pickle ballers in the Grand Valley.

Pickleball has become one of the most popular sports in Grand Junction, but for the past several weeks, the pickleball courts have been empty. Colorado's Stay-at-Home order has had long-reaching effects including keeping those who enjoy a game of pickleball on the sidelines. I understand how it has seemed odd that golf courses have remained open while pickleball and tennis courts have been off-limits.

As of Wednesday, Grand Junction's pickleball, basketball,  volleyball, and tennis courts have opened and are available for drop-in play, and participants are expected to observe the six feet of social distance rule.

Grand Junction Parks and Rec points out that team sports such as softball are still prohibited, and indoor facilities such as the senior recreation center and Orchard Mesa pool remain closed.

City parks remain open, but shelters remain closed until  May 15. Grand Junction recreation programs remain canceled until May 15 as well.

The weather is finally absolutely perfect and so many of us are anxious to get out and get active. This is a great step in that direction. Keep hanging in there and it shouldn't be long until those softball games are up and going and all of the outdoor activities we love in Grand Junction.

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