What is Pickleball?

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. It's a game for everyone!

In consultation with the Austin Public Health Department and the public health authorities, the following amenities are currently open:

  • Outdoor Pickleball Courts

Indoor pickleball courts in recreation centers are closed because the facility is closed.  Please check the Closure page for update.

Pickleball

Pickleball has evolved from original hand made equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and Canada.

The Basics

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

Brief History Pickleball was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, WA. Three dads – Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum -whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities are credited for creating game.

The Court

A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play.
The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen").

Austin Parks and Recreation Department Pickleball Courts

  • Alamo Recreation Center, 2100 Alamo St. – Alamo Pavilion - 3 outdoor, covered courts. Open play pickleball on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 – 4:00p. Nets and paddles are provided. Some dates may be blocked off for rentals or Parks and Recreation Department programs. For more information, please call (512) 974-5680.
  • Austin Tennis Center, 7800 Johnny Morris Road, 8 lighted outdoor courts with permanent nets that shares use with "Quick Start" junior tennis. Call 512-928-8119 for availability and fees.
  • Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile St. – Jordan Hall – 1 Indoor Court. Open play pickleball on Tuesdays & Thursdays 1p-5:45p. Net and paddles are provided. Some date may be blocked off for rentals, events, or Parks and Recreation Department programs. For more information, please call (512) 978-2660
     
  • Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Rd., 4 indoor pickleball courts.  Free open play pickleball is available from 12-3pm every Tuesday and Thursday, call (512) 974-6090 for availability.
  • Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Ln. – Dottie Jordan Recreation Center – 2 outdoor courts, 1 indoor court. Open play pickleball on Wednesday afternoons from 2:00 – 5:00p. Nets and paddles are provided. Some dates may be blocked off for rentals or Parks and Recreation Department programs. For more information, please call (512) 978-2380.
     
  • Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 East Rundberg Lane, One indoor pickle ball court shared with an indoor basketball court, net provided. Open pickle ball play, Saturdays 10:00am -12:00pm first come first serve. Some dates may be blocked of for youth basketball league, rental, or special events. For more information please call (512) 978-2525.
  • Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st Street, 1 outdoor court shared with basketball, net not provided, first come, first serve
  • Little Zilker Neighborhood Park, 2016 Bluebonnet Lane,  2 outdoor courts shared with tennis courts, net not provided, first come, first serve
  • Mt. View Neighborhood Park, 900 Middlebie Road, 2 outdoor courts shared with tennis courts, net not provided, first come, first serve
  • Rosewood Neighborhood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave. 2 outdoor courts shared with tennis courts, net not provided, first come, first serve
  • South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Road, 4 courts striped off in their gym for indoor play. Open play pickleball for all levels is offered on Mondays from 6pm-9pm. Call for availability 512-444-6601.  2 outdoor, lighted courts shared with basketball, net not provided, first come, first serve.  ***July 9 – August 13th – Outdoor court only***

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