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Prairie Village Police Are Enforcing Stay At Home Orders In City Parks

The encounter between police and pickleball players was amicable.
Courtesy of Leigh Ann Cleaver
The encounter between police and pickleball players was amicable.

On Wednesday, the first really gorgeous afternoon of the year, a couple dozen people were playing pickleball at Meadowbrook Park at 91st and Nall.

That was until two Prairie Village police officers showed up to tell the players they were violating the emergency order limiting gatherings to no more than ten people.

It wasn’t quite a bust but the officers came armed with copies of the emergency order issued by the county health department last Saturday.

The officers said while the order is enforceable they were there to “educate” people.

One player described the officers as “perfectly nice.”

When asked if they were driving around looking for gatherings of more than ten people, the officers said no, someone called the pickleball gathering in.

Sam Zeff is KCUR's Metro Reporter. Follow him on Twitter @SamZeff.

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Sylvia Maria Gross co-hosts and produces KC Currents, an award-winning weekly news magazine that covers news and culture in Kansas City’s diverse communities. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, The World and Studio 360. Gross grew up in New York City, Brazil and the suburbs of Washington, DC. She studied English at Yale University, and then spent a year researching arts education in Brazil on a Fulbright grant. When she returned from Brazil, she taught middle school math and English while completing a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University in New York City. She reported in New York about education and culture before moving to Kansas City in 2004.