Battle for court space pauses in Sun City Grand

The latest skirmish for court space between Sun City Grand pickleball and tennis players ended last month.

But even Dave Armstrong, one of four board members who voted June 11 against converting two Cimarron Center tennis courts into eight pickleball courts, said the issue is far from decided.

In its presentation, the Pickleball Club said it has 1,050 full-time members — more than double the 450 to 500 for tennis — and many more newcomers and part-year residents who play. Court use is creeping up to 80 percent of capacity. More at…

Phoenix Parks & Rec Summer Schedule

The summer schedule is in this PDF file. (updated 6-30-2015)

Coming Soon: First Pickleball Courts with permanent nets at a City of Phoenix Parks & Rec Facility!
Telephone Pioneer Park 1946 W. Morningside Drive, Phoenix
4 lighted courts; lights go off at 10pm. Between Bell Road & Union Hills; one block north of Grovers. Park hours are 5:30am to 10pm. Restrooms are currently being renovated.


Pickleball helps piccolos at Valley high school

Ever heard of pickleball? Well in Surprise it’s a sport with growing popularity that’s helping piccolos and a few other instruments survive funding cuts at Valley Vista High School.

The game is played with a racket and a wiffle ball on a short court and according to experts is growing rapidly in popularity.

“It’s actually the fastest growing racquetball sport in the the entire country,” said Dennis Raggi, President of the Sun City Pickleball Club. Read more at…

Pickleball Poses A Pretty Pickle For Payson Parks


Passionate pickle people prod Payson to pour slab

Payson Assistant Town Manager LaRon Garrett and Nelson Beck of the Parks and Recreation Department said the group got the wiffle ball rolling, but the last stash of parks and recreation impact fees cinched the deal.

Beck said, “Right now, it’s a makeshift facility,” with chalk marks used to shrink the size of existing tennis courts.

Garrett said the town has already poured the slab for the courts above the current tennis courts. Crews will paint the slab in the next three weeks and have ordered lighting for nighttime play. Read more at…

Pickleball grows in popularity

Western Star Park

From left, Elaine Micucci, Mary Garrett and Felix Eskildsen play pickleball at Western Star Park on Thursday, April 2, 2015. The group play pickle ball at the park every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.

Pickleball is growing in popularity and players in Ahwatukee Foothills want to see more places to play in the city of Phoenix to help facilitate the growth.

Currently a group plays pickleball indoors at Pecos Community Center for two hours five days a week and outside in the evening at Western Star Park twice a week—but both locations have limitations. The gym at Pecos is only available for pickleball for a few hours each day and at Western Star Park players have to add their own chalk lines to the tennis court to make them suitable for pickleball. Read more at…

A Whole New Ballgame

Sun RV Resorts’ Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona, has 24 pickleball courts.

Sun RV Resorts’ Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona, has 24 pickleball courts.

Pueblo El Mirage RV & Golf Resort in El Mirage, Arizona, installed its first two pickleball courts six years ago. But so many snowbirds took an interest in pickleball that lines started to develop and Pueblo El Mirage ended up losing some of its snowbirds to competing resorts that had more pickleball courts.
“In all my years working in the RV resort business, I have never seen a sport, other than golf, that is this popular,” said Vickie Jepperson, manager of Pueblo El Mirage RV & Golf Resort, which responded to the competition and built 16 more pickleball courts, which were completed two years ago. Read more at…