The Rushville Parks Department completed a new addition to North Veterans Memorial Park: a pickleball court. In the past, this space was underutilized and rarely visited by park attendees. Wanting to rectify this issue, the Parks Department vacillated between the addition of a new basketball court or a pickleball court. Seeing the national rise in interest in pickleball, the Parks Department committed to bringing a new activity to the Rushville Parks system. Through a joint effort from the Parks Department, the Street Department, and Eugene Stanley, the pickleball court quickly came together.
To celebrate the grand opening of the pickleball courts, the City of Rushville and Rush County Bicentennial Committee held the Inaugural Bicentennial Summer Series Pickleball Tournament. With 14 teams registered, participants spent their Saturday morning in a double-elimination style tournament. RCHS graduates Sam Smith and Marlin Hershberger competed against Dennis Cane and Shane Watson in the final round. Cane and Watson walked away with the championship title, Bicentennial T-shirts, and a $200 cash prize. This event was sponsored by the Rush County Bicentennial Committee.