Pickleball is the fastest growing participation sport in Arizona.  Virtually every sizeable city in the Valley, except Scottsdale, has public courts.  Fountain Hills has 6 courts (3 of which are lighted) and over 150 members of their public “club”.

While the game is played by all ages, it’s particularly attractive to the over 50 set --- perfectly matching Scottsdale’s demographics.  And would be an attractive addition to what’s offered to visitors.

One tennis court can be easily converted into four Pickleball courts, allowing 16 doubles players to play at any one time.  A modest court fee would pay for the conversion in short order.

The USA Pickleball Association will provide schematics and instructions for the conversion, and several sporting goods stores sell balls and racquets.



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Dillonscottsdale Blank almost 5 years ago

Agree completely.  Pickleball is also the fastest growing racquet sport in the country.  Surprise alone has about 60 public and private courts, while Scottsdale has 5 (La Camarilla, 4 outdoor, and the Jewish Community Center, 1 soon to be 2 indoor), both private.  It's way beyond time.

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Tom Boergers almost 5 years ago

I read this posting with great interest. This is a valuable sport played across the Country and has a following locally in Fountain Hills and Surprise. There are many players in Scottsdale who would like to play in Scottsdale on Public Courts. This would develop more players and promote competition. There are Phoenix area residents who whould benefit from courts in Scottsdale and help develop more players. I am in full support of Scottsdale making facilities available for furthering this sport.

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Tom Adams over 4 years ago

You can get up to 4 Pickleball courts on one tennis court.   http://usapa.org/construction/tennis_conversion.html

You can also play indoor in gyms or basketball courts.  Do the Senior Centers have gyms?

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Karen Reedy about 4 years ago

We are moving from Surprise to Scottsdale and will miss our favorite sport pickleball. Kids from about 8 to 80+ can play the game. I'll bet there are many barely used tennis courts that can be easily converted to pickleball courts to create an opportunity for healthier citizens of all ages! You are right, Tom...you can get 4 pb courts on 1 tennis court. The schools can' fit in the PE that our over-weight kids desperately need. Our communities must care enough about us -no matter what age- to continue to think of ways to expand ways for us to move, have fun and improve our health.

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The City of Scottsdale is a wonderful place to live.The Recreation & Parks are excellent. I currently swim at the MMR Acquatic Center & the Cactus Aquatic Center, attend aerobics classes & cardio dance classes at the Via Linda Senior Center & I play ping pong at the Horizon Park Recreation Center. Scottsdale needs some pickleball courts. Pickleball is an excellent game for all ages.

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Kelly Corsette City Staff, Communications & Public Affairs Director admin almost 4 years ago

Good news, Pickleballers!

We are working through the logistics to set up pickleball courts indoors at Club SAR as a pilot program.

Our staff is currently getting quotes to paint lines on the SAR basketball court and developing some ideas for promotional materials.

Our target is to be hosting play this fall.

(More about Club SAR: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/SAR)

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Michael Jonas almost 4 years ago

This is very encouraging news...please keep this blog posted on developments.

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Kelly Corsette City Staff, Communications & Public Affairs Director admin almost 4 years ago

We are pleased to announce the inaugural start of the Parks and Recreation Department’s Pickleball Program at the Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center.

We cordially invite you and a guest to our Open House and Introduction to our Pickleball Program which will be held at the Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center.

Our Open House will be held on Friday, October 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. RSVP: 480-312-2669

Club SAR will host drop-in pickleball games beginning Oct. 30. An indoor court will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. each Wednesday and from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday. The drop-in fee will be $3 for residents and $5 for non-residents. There is no fee for Club SAR members.

For more information on Club SAR and the new pickleball program, call 480-312-2669 or visit www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/SAR.

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Holly Walter City Staff, Public Information Officer admin almost 2 years ago

Good news for pickleball fans. The city is adding courts after receiving numerous community requests for more places to play.

Club SAR Fitness Center, 8055 E. Camelback Road, offers open pickleball play from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

In October, Cholla Park, 11320 E. Via Linda, will have eight outdoor courts for drop-in play.

For more information about pickleball in Scottsdale visit www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov and search “pickleball” or "Cholla Park.”

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