Pickleball is a sport that is gaining popularity across the country, and the city of Scottsdale has found creative ways to meet demand.
In December of 2014 the city converted two tennis courts at Cholla Park into eight lighted pickleball courts. The courts have been well received by the public, with high daily usage and more players learning the sport, according to a press release.
Earlier this year the Grayhawk Community Association approached the city of Scottsdale about possibly adding pickleball courts at Thompson Peak Park, located at Thompson Peak Parkway and Hayden Road.
The Grayhawk Community is home to a large group of pickleball players who hoped to have some courts in their community, however there was not available land in Grayhawk to build them, the release stated. The association offered to pay the up-front costs of a court conversion, if the city of Scottsdale could maintain the parks in the future.
By working together, the city was able to convert a basketball court into three permanent pickleball courts, and lines were painted on an adjacent basketball court for three additional temporary courts.
The grand opening of the free, drop in, public courts took place on Monday, Nov. 14. Councilman David Smith was in attendance, along with Linda Shaw, president of the Grayhawk Community Association Board of Directors.
Since the opening the courts have been full of pickleball players, enjoying the new courts and cooler weather, the release stated.
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