Pickleball play in Gearhart.

Local pickleball enthusiast Meyer Freeman announced the launch of Playful Pickleball, offering friendly pickleball lessons for beginners and intermediate players in Gearhart and Astoria.

The fastest-growing sport in the nation with 4.8 million participants, pickleball has exploded in popularity over the past five years — driven by a short learning curve, exciting rapid-fire rallies and increased demand for outdoor social experiences.

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