Where Year-Round Outdoor Recreation Is at a Premium ...
LOCATED ON THE EASTERN TIP OF CHIPPEWA COUNTY, IN THE UPPER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN.
If you have questions about how to play or our schedule contact:
Susie Baker 269-501-5160
Bill Murray 517-285-7315
Jennifer Murray 517-294-9220
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Where We Play
What Do I Need
We are excited how this sport has taken off here in DeTour and around the country. Our goal is to offer both indoor and outdoor courts to our residents, guests and tourists. If you are interested in supporting our growth we have to avenues for donations:
A $3.00 donation per person is suggested. We ask you to sign in on a waiver list before you begin play.
Cost to Play
How Do I Play
DeTour Village has begun a multi-phase enhancement project at our community pavilion to improve the recreation opportunities at our local gathering spot for concerts, festivals and community events. Over the past year we have upgraded exterior siding, paneled and painted interior walls, added water, and upgraded lighting and power.
Our vision is to provide an array of diverse recreational activities in this area to serve our youth, adults, and senior citizens, as well, the thousands of tourists that travel to the DeTour area annually.
Our Long-Range Vision is:
- Renovate Two Existing Tennis Courts into Four Pickleball Courts
- Replace and Renovate Existing Basketball Court
- Add Walkways Connecting Pavilion Amenities
- Add Restroom Facilities
- Add a Disc Golf Course
- Extend Walking Trails Connecting Pavilion Park to Ski Trails
- Enhance Ball Diamonds
- Enhance Snowmobile Trail Head
- Add Way Finding Signage
Over the past year we have offered open play pickleball on three indoor courts several times a week, with much success. We are attracting players from those in their teens to others solidly in their 70’s. Many live here in DeTour, while others are driving up to 30 miles to spend time on our courts, and some are tourists and visitors from as far away as California. Our community blossoms in the summer, becoming home to boaters, anglers, hikers, and sportsmen alike. Offering outdoor pickleball adds another recreational choice to the avid outdoor enthusiasts we attract.
DeTour Parks and Recreation committee is applying for a DNR Recreational Passport Grant to assist with major funding of the four pickleball courts, basketball court and connecting walkways. With just shy of 1,000 people in our immediate community, this is a large undertaking.
We are writing to you today seeking your support of our project from a conceptual and financial perspective. Our early estimates on cost are at roughly $200,000. Our grant will be written for $150,000, and we are looking to raise a 25% match of $50,000 to satisfy grant requirements.
If you are interested in contributing to this project:
Comments and Questions can be directed to:
Bill Murray | 517-285-7315
Susie Baker | 269-501-5160
Financial Contributions can be sent to:
DeTour Parks and Recreation – Pickleball Project
P.O. Box 397
DeTour Village MI 49725
Online Donations can be made using the link above.
We are excited to be a part of this revitalization.
Thanks for your consideration.
Bill Murray | Pickleball Project Lead | email@example.com | 517-285-7315
Susie Baker | DeTour Parks & Recreation Chairman | firstname.lastname@example.org | 269-501-5160
Pickleball is much like tennis, with a few modifications. Such as a smaller court and the use of solid wood or composite paddles to hit a plastic ball over the net.
What is Pickleball
Pickleball - Open Play
DeTour provides nets and balls, and paddles are available for those who do not have one.
So ... grab your tennis shoes, put on some workout clothes and come join us.
If you don't know how to play ... don't worry. Someone there will help you learn.
DeTour Parks and Recreation Department offers court time for community Pickleball.
Our vision is to have indoor space in the winter, and outdoor court space in the summer available to all community members interested in playing.
We are beginning with Indoor Open Play.
All residents and visitors to DeTour Village are welcome to drop in and participate.
Pickle-ball® is played on a badminton-sized court: 20’ x 44.’ The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves.
Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickle-ball® can be played with singles or doubles.
There are many great sources to read rules of play. Here are a few:
There are also several great videos on YouTube describing the game. Here is one:
We have open play in the Multipurpose Room at DeTour School each Saturday morning beginning at 8am.
Our schedule may vary at times.
DeTour School - Multipurpose Room
202 Division Street
DeTour Village MI 49725
As interest and participation grows we will add additional times and hopefully locations.
Stop in to DeTour Village Hall and pick up a brochure that contains some pickleball basics and the location and schedule of open play time. You can also print a copy from here.