Fall Schedule for Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Click this link for the updated schedule for August-December 2016.

“Various gym sites may be closed for floor refinishing (5-7 days) at some point during this season.”

It is recommended that you call the indoor facility first to verify that the gym is open at the scheduled time for pickleball.

Details will be posted on USAPA.org/places-to-play-pickleball as they become available, so feel free to check there for updates and to post any new information that you have. Anyone is allowed to post information on that database to help keep it current. See: usapa.org/places-to-play-help-guide link on the top of that page.

Submitted by Mary Travis

Prescott pickleballers aim to build more courts

From July 7 to July 9, pickleball players ages 50 and older competed in the Senior Northern Arizona Pickleball Slam at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The sport of pickleball has become so popular in the Prescott area that new outdoor public courts are being proposed to be built near Pioneer Park.

From July 7 to July 9, pickleball players ages 50 and older competed in the Senior Northern Arizona Pickleball Slam at the Prescott Valley Event Center. The sport of pickleball has become so popular in the Prescott area that new outdoor public courts are being proposed to be built near Pioneer Park.

“Pickle People” are vocal in the Prescott area and now have formed their own association to put their words into action. Who are they? They are people who are passionate about the game of pickleball and want to see more opportunities for the game here. And people are listening, specifically officials with the City of Prescott and the Town of Prescott Valley.

Peg Travers, president of the newly formed Prescott Pickleball Association (PPA), said about a thousand pickleball players live in the Prescott area, and eight ambassadors of the national organization started a local association to answer a call for more facilities here. Read more at dcourier.com…

It’s Time for Pickleball!

The PPA is working hard to raise money for 8 public Pickleball courts at Pioneer Park. The City of Prescott is providing the land, and the PPA is raising $150,000 to pay for the building of the courts. They also hope to get public courts in Prescott Valley.

This SNAPS tournament has over 160 participants for these three days, coming from Arizona, California and Colorado. Admission is free. The tournament continues on Friday and Saturday from 8 AM – 4 PM. Read more at prescottenews.com…

 

Compromise reached over tennis/pickleball courts at R.H. Johnson Rec Center

A resolution between tennis and pickleball has been reached in Sun City West and the clubs will be paying for the courts.

The task force committee created to help resolve the dissension between the clubs due to the lack of courts available for play and pickleball noise near the tennis courts at the R.H. Johnson Rec Center, has done it’s job with Jay Hicks, a principal partner with Dig Studio using his professional skills to find common ground through discussions and the studying of numerous ideas from all those involved. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…

 

Pickleball + Red Noses = Benefit to Children

Red Nose Day is a fund-raising campaign operated by the non-profit organization Comic Relief, Inc. The organization raised $23 million last year in the USA for programs designed to keep children safe, healthy and educated.

Linda Durkee, along with Bill Murphy VP & Steve Berwald Pres., SCG Pickleball Club and many others, organized a Pay-toPlay day where Linda’s Sunday Pickleball group and others donned their Red Noses and successfully collected several hundred dollars for the charity.

Make sure that you tune in to the Red Nose Day Special on NBC, Thursday, May 26 at 9/8c where SCG Pickleball represents Arizona as one of the 50 Stories/50 States.

Sun City Grand plans to convert Cimarron courts to all pickleball

Thursday afternoon the Sun City Grand community association board voted in favor of converting the Cimarron Center’s courts to a pickleball only facility.

In June 2015 the board voted down a similar measure 4-2. That proposal would have changed two tennis courts into eight pickleball courts.

Thursday’s agenda item called for 10 pickleball courts to replace all three Cimarron tennis courts and passed by a 5-2 margin. Board members Bob Aiken, Martha Bails, Ellie Brooks, Gary Jahn and David Jordan voted in favor of the change while Larry Marden and John Such voted against it. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…

Sun City West hosts pickleball tournament

The sixth annual Sun City West Fun In The Sun Pickleball Tournament will be played March 14 through March 16 at Liberty Courts Pickleball Center, Palm Ridge Campus, 13800 W. Deer Valley Drive.

Play begins at 8 a.m. each day and continues through the afternoon medal rounds.

The 1,200-plus members of SCW Pickleball Club, together with the Recreation Centers of Sun City West, have organized a nationally-recognized, USAPA-sanctioned tournament that will showcase the community and its 18-court first-class facility. Read more at yourwestvalley.com…