Scottsdale resident voices concern over lack of pickleball courts

A view of one of the fastest growing sports in America: Pickleball. (File photo)

A view of one of the fastest growing sports in America: Pickleball. (File photo)

Scottsdale is home to numerous tennis courts folks can use for recreation, but one Scottsdale resident recently e-mailed the press and public officials expressing his opinion regarding the lack of pickleball courts here locally.

Scottsdale resident Eduardo Perez found out about the resurfacing of Scottsdale tennis courts in a newsletter and asked why two of the 51 tennis courts in Scottsdale could not be converted to eight pickle ball courts in a June 29 e-mail.

Mr. Perez stated in the e-mail that pickleball is no louder than tennis and he does not know why tennis players would feel threatened by the conversion of tennis courts.

“I can understand that tennis organizers and players around the country and locally feel threatened with tennis courts being converted to pickleball courts,” Mr. Perez said in the e-mail. “Pickleball is growing very fast.”

According to the United States of America Pickleball Association, pickleball is, “A paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.”

The USAPA website lays out three basic points about the up-and-coming sport:

  • A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong
  • Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net
  • Played with a paddle and a plastic ball

Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Director Reed Pryor replied to Mr. Perez’s e-mail saying the city was working on possible pickleball accommodations in Scottsdale.

“City of Scottsdale staff is meeting at various pickle ball facilities to research the sites and evaluate factors associated with offering outdoor pickle ball within Scottsdale’s neighborhood park system,” Mr. Pryor said in a June 30 e-mail. “Special attention is being paid toward parking, bathroom accommodations, lighting, and funding to insure a high quality recreational experience.”

“Currently, indoor pickle ball is offered at Club SAR & Fitness Center on Wednesdays from 8:30am to 10:30am.”

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