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Retro Sports are Making a Comeback in Kent

Now you can relive some of your favorite childhood memories from gym class in Kent, Washington. From flying discs to pickleball leagues, racquetball and a new Wiffle ball field—athletes of all ages and levels will enjoy the nostalgia of four retro sports.

1. Wiffle ball
Did you know…? The first Wiffle balls sold for 49 cents in 1953.

Batter up! WIFFCO Field opened in July and is the newest addition to Kent Memorial Park. Built with youth in mind, the field is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Just bring your bat, Wiffle ball and glove. Let the games (and friendly competition) begin!

2. Pickleball
Did you know…? Pickleball was invented in 1965 by three fathers from Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Mornings in Washington state can be brisk. Thankfully, there are more than trails in Kent. Head over to drop-in play at the indoor Pickleball Station for a chance to experience a sport you’ve never played before. Featuring leagues from beginner to advanced, Pickleball Station makes competition fun.

3. Racquetball
Did you know…? Racquetball was first marketed to all YMCAs in the United States in the 1950s.

When the afternoons are too hot for outdoors, take your sports to a cooler space with indoor racquetball. Kent Commons Community Center features four full-size racquetball courts. Play with friends or freshen up with some drills on your own.

 4. Disc Golf
Did you know…? The early disc golf courses were “object courses,” using anything from trees to fire hydrants as targets.

What’s cooler than flying discs? Playing disc golf surrounded by nature, complete with trails and stunning views of Mount Rainier is pretty epic. Sound relaxing? Lake Fenwick Disc Golf Course is the perfect place to play 18 holes. Note: Remember to bring your own discs!

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