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GAME ON: HERE’S WHERE TO PLAY PICKLEBALL IN PITTSBURGH

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UPDATED JUN 16, 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 hang out and have fun. See for yourself what the hype is all about, and check out our list of go-to courts in and around the city.

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MEREDITH O'CONNOR

FITT PITTSBURGH CONTRIBUTOR

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 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 does this pickleball go-to have multiple courts, they offer open play hours throughout the week. Give 'em a call for availability and to secure a court space.

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. Plus, they offer open play five days a week, you just have to call 24 hours in advance to reserve a court. 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 a 10-session package for $50.

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 indoor sports and fitness facility just south of the city is ideal for both seasoned pickleball pros and those just starting to get a hang of things. During the week, you can reserve a court online and then head over to brush up on your spin serve. Even better, the fee is just $5 per person. Catch us here on summer Fridays.

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 and the staff is great. But heads up, a field reservation is currently required and space is limited, so book your spot in advance.

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. *Due to COVID restrictions, open play is not currently available at either JCC location. Call ahead for reopening updates.

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