Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Played on half a tennis court with a lightweight solid paddle, it is fast moving yet easy to learn, with several hundred regular players in San Francisco and more joining all the time. Our group has almost tripled in size since 2017.
Most Richmond and Sunset residents play at the Golden Gate Park tennis complex four mornings a week, with six or seven games of doubles (24-28 players) going on at the same time. It’s a very inclusive community … new players are welcomed with instruction and practice. Regulars share homemade cookies and brownies and celebrate holidays together. In January 2019 we logged 423 total participants at Golden Gate Park, an average of 28 per session. Snacks, nets, and balls all come from contributions from our players. We range in age from 6 to 86, with 72% over age 55.
The Golden Gate Park tennis complex is scheduled to close in late April for a complete renovation, which will take about eighteen months. Whether our group will be able to continue together is in doubt as we talk with city representatives about where and when other tennis courts can be made available for Pickleball and what facilities we will have when the new complex opens. (There are no dedicated Pickleball courts on the north side of the city; we have to add taped Pickleball lines and boundaries to the tennis courts reserved for us.).
All are welcome to join us between 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at the courts near the southeast corner of JFK and Nancy Pelosi Drives. Our last Pickleball day will be Friday, April 19.