• Michael Ireland

Play Outside: Outdoor Kits and Games

You may not know it by looking at me, but I’m not much of an athlete. People assume I’m good at basketball due to my height, but there is no correlation between distance from the ground and actual athleticism. However, there are some sporty pastimes that I do enjoy with friends and family. And, now that the weather has taken a turn for the better, I’m looking forward to some fun in the sun! Since my brain is floating on a summer breeze, I’d like to share what the Caldwell Public Library has to offer for those seeking some recreation.

Tennis racquet, tennis ball, tennis court

Our wide range of outdoor kits feature your standard sporting gear such as a football, basketball, and volleyball, but the fun doesn’t end there. We also offer fishing gear, horseshoes and other casual yard games for those seeking a more laid-back outing. Here are a few of my favorite outdoor activities, all of which are available from the Caldwell Public Library for free with your library card.


Pickleball: I love pickleball. All the fun of tennis, half the running! If you’ve never heard of this game the best way I can describe it is as a hybrid of tennis and ping pong. Played with what appears to be an oversized ping pong paddle and a plastic ball, pickleball can be played singles or doubles. Many of the Tennis courts in the area have markings for Pickleball play and Midway Park just outside of town, has dedicated courts. The sound of the ball making contact is intensely satisfying and sure to provide hours of entertainment to young and old alike.