Pickleball

59 outdoor pickleball courts | 11 dedicated pickleball courts | 5 indoor pickleball facilities | dedicated pickleball hours at 4 sites 

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. Additionally, the department will continue to prepare and stripe courts for pickleball as courts are resurfaced.

Outdoor Courts with Pickleball Lines

Unless otherwise noted, you will need to bring your own net.

Indoor Pickleball Facilities

The Department has expanded offerings of dedicated pickleball play times in gyms. 

Helpful links to get you started (external)


History | How to Play | Equipment


Current Pickleball Proposal


Option 1: Convert the two Stern Grove tennis courts to eight pickleball courts. This would eliminate tennis at this site but would provide dedicated pickleball courts. There are other nearby tennis courts at neighboring parks. 

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Option 2: Convert neighboring Larsen Playground’s one tennis court and one basketball court into six to eight pickleball courts. This would eliminate tennis and basketball at Larsen, though there are nearby courts at neighboring parks. Restrooms are on site.

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Option 3: Multi-line court for both tennis and pickleball at Stern Grove courts. This would mean that either pickleball or tennis could be played but pickleball nets would need to be moved into place before games.

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Option 4: Replace the existing south croquet field at Stern Grove with eight pickleball courts. The project would include a new concrete slab, court surface and perimeter fencing. Nearby restrooms are located at Wawona Clubhouse.

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Proposal Options | General Pickleball Information