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forest lake adds pickleball courts as sport's popularity grows

don’t let the beaming smiles, the friendly banter and the gentle camaraderie of its contestants fool you. pickleball is not for the fainthearted.“frank has left some of his dna on the court,” denny johnson said of the many skinned knees and bruises earned by his 82-year-old friend and pickleball partner frank slater.said slater: “you’ve gotta be tough.”the dramatic growth of the game — which looks like tennis but is played on a badminton-sized court with what look like giant ping-pong paddles — prompted forest lake recently to open a new set of pickleball courts at its fenway park athletics complex. since unofficially opening two weeks ago, not a day has gone by when dozens of people weren’t knocking the ball back and forth, said jamie muscha, the city’s park and recreation coordinator.“the game is for everybody. schools are starting to teach it,” muscha said. “but it’s very popular among the senior population. and we are really striving to have something for everybody.”according to the usa pickleball association, the game was invented in 1965 on bainbridge island, wash., “by three dads whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities.” it has since gained players in europe and asia, and according to the sports & fitness industry association, almost 2.5 million people play pickleball in the united states. elizabeth flores - star tribune jim larson whacked away on forest lake’s new pickleball courts last week. ov...