An avid pickleball player, Reggie Bellinger received the 2021 Parks, Arts and Recreation Award of Excellence for his service to the community. It all began with a desire to share the game with everyone, according to the 30-year Bloomington resident who lives near Westwood Park.
“I never expected to earn anything or to be recognized. I volunteer any chance that I get,” Bellinger said. “It was humbling to receive this award. The community is super supportive, it’s fun.”
When Bellinger and other players saw a need to install wind screens at Westwood Park, he helped gather donations. Additionly, he and other players contributed money to install umbrellas at the tables to provide shade while they rotate in and out
On an average weeknight, all eight courts at Westwood Park are busy with players from a wide range of age groups and ethnic backgrounds. Bellinger has continued to share his passion for pickleball with anyone who wants to play, even loaning equipment to people new to the sport.
The Parks, Arts and Recreation Award of Excellence is presented annually by the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission (PARC) to recognize community service that benefits parks and recreation programs and facilities. For more information, visit blm.mn/parc-award.