Petition the City of Apple Valley or Dakota County MN to build outdoor racquetball courts

Petition the City of Apple Valley or Dakota County MN to build outdoor racquetball courts

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Nicholas Arntz started this petition to City of Apple Valley MN and

The goal of being able to convert an old tennis court or build a new outdoor racquetball court in Apple valley MN. 

Racquetball like pickleball and tennis are great outdoor sports that are open to people of all ages.  Minnesota is one of the biggest racquetball areas in the United States and has multiple national and world wide professional players. Minnesota and United Health Care has been the title sponsor for eight consecutive years of the UnitedHealthcare US Open Racquetball Tournament. The 2021 UnitedHealthcare US Open will also be in Minneapolis. South of the River has the highest racquetball league play in the Twin Cities area with over 100 players. Due to the pandemic in 2020, the gyms and indoor racquetball courts were closed. Hundreds of racquetball players across the Twin Cities were left to get creative with other sports or go outside to play. Due to the lack of or non existent outdoor racquetball courts in the Twin Cities area, this inspired a large group of players finding single wall and double wall makeshift places to play in loading docks, parking ramps and against garage doors. This is dangerous, and inconsistent due to lack of approval from local business owners to play against their  buildings wall. 

The global outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in closure of gyms, stadiums, pools, dance and fitness studios, physiotherapy centres, parks and playgrounds. Many individuals are therefore not able to actively participate in their regular individual or group sporting or physical activities outside of their homes. Under such conditions, many tend to be less physically active, have longer screen time, irregular sleep patterns as well as worse diets, resulting in weight gain and loss of physical fitness. Low-income families are especially vulnerable to negative effects of stay at home rules as they tend to have sub-standard accommodations and more confined spaces, making it difficult to engage in physical exercise.

The WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical
activity per week. The benefits of such periodic exercise are proven very helpful, especially in times of anxiety, crisis and fear. There are concerns therefore that, in the context of the pandemic, lack of access to regular sporting or exercise routines may result in challenges to the immune system, physical health, including by leading to the commencement of or exacerbating existing diseases that have their roots in a sedentary lifestyle.

Lack of access to exercise and physical activity can also have mental health impacts, which can compound stress or anxiety that many will experience in the face of isolation from normal social life. Possible loss of family or friends from the virus and impact of the virus on one’s economic wellbeing and access to nutrition will exacerbate these effects.

The average number of calories burned during racquetball play ranges from moderate at 640 per hour (Prevention, 1995) to 794 per hour (Mens Health, 1995) to a high level at 13.7 per minute or 822 per hour (Sports Training Institute). With the average game taking twenty minutes, a player will normally run over two miles in only one hour of play. As well as being a great physical workout, racquetball is also: 1. a non-impact sport
2. a great way to meet people and spend time with friends
3. suitable for all ages and skill levels. Whatever your level, you can find someone of      a similar ability to play with helpful to reduce stress
4. not dependent on youth or strength – you can play for a lifetime or start the game at any age

Racquetball offers both aerobic and anaerobic benefits. Hence, for an individual to successfully play the sport of racquetball, they will need to be able to physically support a sustained high level heart rate, short bursts of energy, and meet the muscle endurance and strength requirements. Furthermore, racquetball taxes nearly every muscle group, including sustained, repetitive use of large muscles that increase the number of calories burned per hour, thus reducing an individual's body fat percentage.

In conclusion there is enough demand in the area to justify converting an old unused tennis court or build a new racquetball / pickle ball area for all to play.

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