Scottsdale responds to numerous requests for pickleball courts

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A view of America’s fastest growing sport. (File photo)

An overwhelming request for additional pickleball courts in Scottsdale has prompted the city to hold a public meeting to discuss potential plans to accommodate those who enjoy playing one of the nation’s fastest-growing outdoor activities.

The meeting will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th Street.

The meeting is in response to numerous e-mails and phone calls city staff has received from residents who were desiring more options to play pickleball.

“We were getting a lot of requests for pickleball courts,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Kira Peters, in a phone interview on Aug. 3. “The public wants more of an outdoor pickleball experience.”

Currently, one public court for pickleball is available 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Wednesday mornings at Club SAR, a multi-sports instructional program provided by the city located 8055 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale, according to Ms. Peters.

“We did research on neighborhood parks to identify spaces that could be converted to pickleball courts,” said Ms. Peters. “We have been hearing a lot about it.”

According to the website Scottsdalepickleball.com, the city provides one pickleball court for every 76,837 Scottsdale residents.

The information was based on the 2014 Census, which claimed there were 230,512 residents in Scottsdale. At the time, there were three pickleball courts available in the city.

ScottsdalePickleball.com states “Club Sar started with three pickleball courts in 2012 or 2013 on a short basketball court.  The PB courts were smaller in size than standard and they were too close to walls and the other courts.  Some players got hurt and everybody stopped going there.”

Fountain Hills provides one pickleball court per 2,357 residents, according to the website.

“It is important that the city provides pickleball courts because there are a lot of players living in Scottsdale going to other cities to play,” stated Eduardo Perez, the creator of ScottsdalePickleball.com, in an Aug. 4 e-mailed response to questions.

“Many Scottsdale residents don’t play it because they don’t know what pickleball is.”

Mr. Perez describes pickleball as an exciting, fast-paced game.

“In the space used for one tennis court there would be two or four tennis players; in the same space there would be 16 pickleball players,” stated Mr. Perez.

ScottsdalePickleball.com provides suggested areas for pickleball court locations, and shows examples of how other communities have resurfaced tennis courts to serve as pickleball courts.

“In my personal opinion, I would prefer eight pickleball courts in Scottsdale Ranch Park (or Cholla Park), plus four courts in Grayhawk Park (or Ironwood Park),” stated Mr. Perez.

The city’s efforts to find more courts are appreciated, according to Mr. Perez.

“I am very satisfied with the city of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Department. I know they have been researching pickleball during the last several weeks and are very quickly coming up with this meeting for Aug. 18,”  stated Mr. Perez.

“They know things I don’t know and they have a lot of experience with sports in parks, so I trust their decision on how many courts and where to provide them.”

Northeast Valley News Services Editor Melissa Rosequist can be e-mailed at mrosequist@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/mrosequist_.

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