Scottsdale fulfills request for public pickleball courts

After a summer of hearing from pickleball enthusiasts, the city of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation department announced at an Aug. 18 public meeting that it plans to convert two tennis courts into eight pickleball courts at Cholla Park.

The public meeting was called to address a mass amount of e-mails received by the city from numerous Scottsdale residents complaining there weren’t enough public pickleball courts in the city. Read more at…

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…

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!