More outdoor activities will be available at a pair of Monroe County parks.

County officials broke ground on eight pickleball courts Wednesday: four at Black Creek Park in North Chili and another four at Mendon Ponds Park in Honeoye Falls.

The project is part of a more than $7 million investment in the Monroe County Parks System.

According to NPR, pickleball is the country's fastest growing sport, combining elements of tennis, ping-pong and badminton.

"Helps get people outside, get active and helps better utilize some of the parkland that we have,” Adam Bello, Monroe County executive, said. “For too long I feel our parks have been neglected. They have lacked appropriate care, maintenance and a lot of these types of amenities. There’s been a decades-long disinvesment in our parks and over the last year and a half we have really worked together with the legislature to turn that around.”

The eight pickleball courts are expected to be open by next summer.