has been around since 1965, but it was the fastest-growing sport in 2022, according to a report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. It’s a good time for Cincinnati to expand its footprint in the sport, then, as officials announced in the fall that the country's second-biggest indoor pickleball facility will open in West Chester in 2023. The Pickle Lodge will feature 17 indoor courts, cushioned playing surfaces, a bar and restaurant and, eventually, five outdoor courts plus a championship court with grandstand-style seating. There’s no need to wait that long for a game, though, because the public facilities at Sawyer Point Park downtown were revamped in September to provide 24 regulation pickleball courts (including three tennis courts and six overlayed courts). There are also new nets, LED lighting and updated restrooms. According to data from Cincinnati Parks, "In 2021, there was an average of 51.8 players per session; to date in 2022, that number rose to 93.1 players per session." facebook.com/pbatsp.