UPDATED MAR 9, 2020
Forget kickball, soccer, or tennis. Here in the Burgh, all we can talk about is pickleball, a competitive social sport that’s fast becoming our new favorite way to spend our after-work hours and weekends. See for yourself what the hype is all about, and check out our list of go-to courts in and around the city where you can get in the game.
This dedicated outdoor pickleball destination in Cranberry Township is a dream. Boasting eight fenced-in, regulation-size courts, plus extra room behind the baseline for you to move around, it’s the ideal place to get acquainted with the game or sharpen your skills. And if you need a break or just want to cheer on your teammates, there’s also a queue area with benches between the courts. Open play (aka pick-up for pickleballers) is usually available from 1–4pm, Monday through Sunday, otherwise, you’ll need a CTPA membership for access.
Pittsburgh has great outdoor pickleball courts, but you’ll have to search a little harder to find a solid indoor spot to dink and volley. Luckily, there’s the Lauri Ann West Community Center in O’Hara Township. Not only is this pickleball hot spot set up with multiple courts, they have tons of different open play hours throughout the week. Round up the crew and swing by for a matchup on Mondays from 9–11am, on Fridays from 8am–1pm, or on Saturdays from 7–8am. There’s also family pickleball on Sunday mornings, and if you ask nicely, we’ve got a feeling they’ll let the pre-brunch squad hit the ball around for a bit.
A hidden gem in the local pickleball circuit, this is the perfect place to break out your paddle on a nice day — you just have to know where to look. Once you get to the park, make your way to the basketball courts (stay with us here), where you’ll find two sets of pickleball court lines drawn on the asphalt in between the hoops. Did someone say mini-tournament? The only drawback: you’ll have to bring your own net — but that has never stopped us before!
Simmons Park in the South Hills is another great spot to flex your pickleball prowess. Featuring two fenced-in pickleball-only courts situated side-by-side, plus provided nets, all you have to do is bring your paddles, ball, and your game face. But here's the kicker — open play is available all day, every day.
This top-notch sports facility in the South Hills has everything you could want in an indoor pickleball court. They offer open play five days a week and competitions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Though, if you’re just getting started and could use some one-on-one instruction, they have that, too. Ready to take your love of the game to the next level? They offer unlimited pickleball play during pickleball hours for $39 per month.
These designated pickleball courts haven’t been around long (they debuted in summer 2019), but they’ve quickly become one of our go-to spots for a pick-up game with friends. Here, you’ll find six well-maintained options that you can take advantage of most days of the week. Tuesdays are where it’s at, though, when the courts are available from 5pm until dusk. If you need us, you know where we’ll be.
The jewel of the North Hills, North Park is a great place to go kayaking, fishing, hiking, and, of course, play pickleball. The courts here are not well-known, so it’s a good place to check out on the weekends when other locations are crowded. Just cruise past the tennis area and you’ll find a fresh set of courts ready and waiting for some high-energy pickleball competition.
This top-notch indoor sports and fitness facility just south of the city is ideal for seasoned pickleball pros and those just starting to get a hang of things. During the week, you can stop by anytime during the day (until 1pm) to brush up on your spin serve. Even better, the drop-in fee is just $5. Catch us here once summer Fridays go into effect.
Another awesome spot for year-round pickleball action is Pittsburgh Indoor Sports Arena, just a 20-minute drive outside the city in Cheswick. The courts are well-maintained, the staff is friendly, and they offer open play multiple times throughout the week. What more could you ask for?
The best part about the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh is there are two locations to choose from. So, no matter if you live near Squirrel Hill or South Hills, you’ve got a prime pickleball destination right in your backyard. For those near Squirrel Hill, you can show up, set up the net, and volley into the afternoon on weekdays — just check the schedule for open play times. If you’re over in the South Hills, mark your calendar for the first and third Saturday of each month, when open play goes down from 12:15–2:15pm.
This pickleball powerhouse is a bit of a trek from the city (about an hour away in New Castle), but trust us — it’ll be well worth the trip. These guys are experts in everything pickleball and there are a handful of ways for you to get in with the community. Sign up for private and group lessons or make some new friends by joining one of their daily or monthly leagues. And if you and your squad would rather do your own thing, you can also rent individual courts for $20 an hour. See you there!
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