Pickleball began on Bainbridge Island in 1965 as a summertime diversion for bored kids and since has ballooned into a full-fledged sport for all ages

Bill Schilling, right, returns the ball during a recent game with doubles partner George Gallant at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island. Pickleball was created on Bainbridge Island during the mid-1960s and is one of  America’s fastest-growing sports. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
Bill Schilling, right, returns the ball during a recent game with doubles partner George Gallant at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge Island. Pickleball was created on Bainbridge Island during the mid-1960s and is one of America's fastest-growing sports. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Pickleball, one of America's fastest-growing sports, was created on bucolic Bainbridge Island in the mid-1960s. New courts were recently built at Battle Point Park on Bainbridge.