GVR opens Pickleball courts, people want more

Green Valley Recreation opened four new Pickleball courts at the East Center on Friday to applause and one big question: When will we get more?

The expansion gives GVR 11 courts split between Canoa Ranch and the East Center; the new additions are GVR’s only lighted courts. Read more at gvnews.com…

 

OPINION: SCG pickleball, tennis space battle ‘far from over’

Jeanne Harteau

Regarding July 18 article, “Battle for court space pauses in Sun City Grand,” I was one representative of the pickleball club on the ad hoc committee regarding expansion of pickleball.

The efforts to acquire more pickleball courts in our community began in 2006. As board members change, their argument against more pickleball courts change. Incoming board members do not understand the need or care to learn the history of what has occurred over the past nine years. The recent vote by the board of directors to quash expansion of pickleball was made against the recommendation of the ad hoc committee and its chosen general manager, Ken Olsen. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…

Phoenix Parks & Rec Schedule — Fall/Winter

by Mary Travis, USAPA Ambassador

Schedule for August 1 – December 31, 2015

Good News: City of Phoenix Parks & Rec is offering 3 new indoor locations for Pickleball as of 8/1/15. The bad news is that they only have one net (to start) and may not have the Pickleball court lines on the gym floor. (There are not badminton courts). Hmm…

If you want a semi-private place to play or practice or to teach some friends or if you want to foster a new pickleball program and encourage them to build up to 3 or 4 courts, give the facility a call.

The 3 new indoor locations in Phoenix are:
Longview: 4040 N 14th Street 602-534-6570; Tues 11am-1pm (have net with plastic frame)
Eastlake: 1549 E. Jefferson St 602-262-6759; Tue & Thu 10:30-1:30pm
South Mountain: 212 E. Alta Vista 602-262-4874; Tue & Thu 11am-2pm

The City has several other successful indoor locations with 4 courts and one smaller gym with 3 courts. It appears the new locations are eager to join in the fun!

New Phoenix pickleball courts help meet demand

Ava Snider, 12, plays a game of pickleball on Friday, July 24, 2015. The city of Phoenix hosted a grand opening of outdoor pickleball cours at Telephone Pioneer Park. Pickleball enthusiasts as well as people new to the sport came out to celebrate the opening of the courts and to get a few games in.

Ava Snider, 12, plays a game of pickleball on Friday, July 24, 2015. The city of Phoenix hosted a grand opening of outdoor pickleball cours at Telephone Pioneer Park. Pickleball enthusiasts as well as people new to the sport came out to celebrate the opening of the courts and to get a few games in.

Pickleball has finally received its due in Phoenix with the completion of the first permanent, public outdoor courts, signaling that demand for the sport with the funny name can no longer be ignored.

Players of what its national association dubbed “the fastest growing sport you’ve likely never heard of” have been clamoring for more courts in the Valley.

See article and photo gallery at AZCentral.com…

Indiana-based sport goods firm acquires Peoria pickleball outfitter

An Indiana-based sporting goods firm, Escalade Sports, acquired a Peoria-based pickleball brand and store, Onix Sports Inc., according to a statement released Wednesday.

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but the founder of Onix Sports, Steve Wong, will maintain an active role at Onix Sports as an innovator for future products, said David Vogrin, director of marketing with Escalade Sports. Read more at bizjournals.com…

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 yourwestvalley.com…

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.