Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports, not just here in the United States but internationally as well. According to the USA Pickleball Association, the sport was invented in 1965 on Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from Seattle, Washington. Three dads whose kids were bored with their usual summertime activities created the game, which combines the elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. Pickleball has since evolved from original handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport both nationally and internationally, with many European and Asian countries adding courts.
"Fun, social and friendly. 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." -- USA Pickleball Association
The Recreation and Park Department has worked to accommodate the growing interest in pickleball in San Francisco by significantly increasing the locations available to play pickleball.
Outdoor Courts with Pickleball Lines
- Louis Sutter Playground – 6 dedicated pickleball courts
- Stern Grove – 6 pickleball courts with lock box with nets and dedicated pickleball hours (currently closed due to flooding at Stern Grove – replaced with courts at Parkside Square)
- Parkside Square – 8 pickleball courts with lock box with nets and dedicated pickleball hours for group play
- Presidio Wall Playground -6 pickleball courts with lock box with net and dedicated pickleball hours for group play
- Richmond Playground – 2 pickleball courts
- Rossi Playground – 8 pickleball courts
- Upper Noe Rec Center – 2 pickleball courts with dedicated hours (nets provided)
- Golden Gate Park Goldman Tennis Center -5 dedicated pickleball courts
- States Street Playground – 2 pickleball courts on volleyball courts
- Crocker Amazon Playground – 2 pickleball courts on volleyball courts
Indoor Pickleball Facilities
The Department has expanded offerings of dedicated pickleball play times in gyms. Please note that due to Covid-19, these have been suspended for the time being but we are looking to restart at some point in the near future.
- Hamilton Rec Center Gymnasium
- Upper Noe Rec Center Gymnasium
- Glen Park Rec Center Gymnasium
- Eureka Valley Rec Center Gymnasium