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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

Two new pickleball courts open at Valley-Wide Diamond Valley Lake Park


Last updated 3/1/2019 at 1:17am

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Lakshman Koka, chairman of the Hemet-San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce, in suit, and Cyndi Lemke, interim executive director of the chamber, square off to play pickleball at Valley-Wide Diamond Valley Lake Community Park against Riverside County Sheriff Cmdr. Leonard Purvis and Allisha Paulk, field representative for 67th District Assemblyman Melissa A. Melendez, on the backcourt Friday, Feb. 22.

What the heck is pickleball? That is the question asked by many dignitaries attending the Friday, Feb. 22, dedication of Hemet's newest pickleball courts at Valley-Wide Park and Recreation District's Diamond Valley Lake Park.

The Hemet-San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce presided over the dedication and official ribbon-cutting ceremony while players hit their wiffle balls back and forth over the nets on the two new courts just outside of the Valley-Wide Aquatic Center, 1801 Angler Ave. in Hemet.

It was just minutes later that chamber chairman Lakshman Koka, interim Director Cyndi Lemke, Direc...

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