Brooklyn Park Honors “Mr. Pickleball” Dave Erickson
If you ever tried playing pickleball, perhaps you’ve met Brooklyn Park resident Dave Erickson. He’s become a sort of de facto ambassador of the sport.
His passion for the game led to a day named in his honor.
At Monday night’s Brooklyn Park City Council meeting, the city declared July 8 “Dave Erickson Day.” Upon receiving the honor, Erickson says he’s been “very fortunate” to be involved in Brooklyn Park’s pickleball program.
“I’ve met dozens and dozens and dozens of great players that have been really just great people to know,” said Erickson at the council meeting. “The support we’ve gotten from the city has just been tremendous. Obviously most of it has been park and recreation, but also operations and maintenance has been really very helpful and responsive. It’s really been a joy.”
Erickson was instrumental in the creation of the Norwood Park pickleball courts. He’s also given countless hours of community service to help coordinate and promote pickleball activities for players of all abilities.