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Individuals 50 years and older participate in pickleball at the St. Joseph Senior games. Other activities included are corn-hole, fishing and mini golf.

For the second year, anyone 50 and older could participate in the St. Joseph Senior Games hosted by the Parks, Recreation and Civic

Facilities Department.

The activities included a nature walk, pickleball, cornhole, fishing and mini golf.

The games started at 10 a.m. Wednesday and continue until this afternoon. The games are open to the public and are free with registration online or before the event starts.

David Cavin, REC programs and facilities supervisor, said the games are a great way to keep older individuals active and using their facilities.

“We have found that a lot of our activities we put on aren’t getting a lot of people 50 and over participating,” Cavin said. “So we’re just trying to get people to continue to do things.”

Cavin said they have a variety of people who participate from St. Joseph and even Kansas City.

One of the most popular activities they saw the biggest crowd for was pickleball.

“It’s one of those sports that if you’ve ever played tennis, racquetball or pingpong, it’s kind of a combination of those things,” Cavin said.

The game is easy and quick for all ages to play, without being harsh on the body.

Eddie Helsel has participated in the games both years and enjoys the social aspect the events entail.

“People are a little antsy about coming out at first and once they come everyone loves it,” Helsel said. “People even buy their own paddles for pickleball.”

The activities have changed from last year and Cavin says they plan to tweak every year depending on what attracts the biggest group.

“We’re trying to find out more about what people like to do to hopefully bring out more people in the following year,” Cavin said.

The games continue today with fishing at Krug Park Lagoon at 9:30 a.m. and mini golf at 1:30 p.m. at Joe Town Mini Golf.

Bailey Ketcham can be reached

at bailey.ketcham@newspressnow.com.