SANTA MARIA, Calif. - It’s a moment they’ve been waiting for.
"I’m excited because we get to play pickle ball and we stay 6 feet apart and it’s a sport well you don’t really have to worry being too close to someone," says sports goer James Harper.
For the first time in months, pickle ball games are back at the Hagerman Sports Park in Santa Maria, but only on a limited basis under specific COVID-19 safety guidelines.
The brand new pickle ball courts opened just in time for the re-opening of the sports complex.
"It’s been really enjoyable. It's good exercise," says Harper.
Managers with the Rec and Parks Department say currently no baseball or softball games are permitted at the sports complex.
Conditioning and skills training are allowed at this time.
The department is currently taking reservations for practices.
Over at the new pickle ball courts, players say they’ll be hitting the little yellow ball every chance they get.