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Pickleball in the City!

April 19, 20242 min read

Pickleball has taken the nation by storm, and here in New York City, we're along for the ride. 

For the uninitiated, pickleball is a racquet/paddle sport where two players (or four, for doubles) hit a perforated hollow plastic ball over a net using solid-faced paddles. Think badminton meets ping pong meets tennis, and you'll get the idea. (The sport has been around since 1965, originally created as a children's backyard game.)

Here's a listing of some free outdoor courts in Manhattan:

Riverside Park has five courts at 110th St., which are used on a first come, first served basis, with waiting players rotated onto the court after each game.

Roosevelt Island has two courts that also operate on a first come, first served basis. Play one game to 11 if others are waiting and rotate 4 on, 4 off. They're located on the east side of the Sportspark Facility on Main St. Lessons available.

James J. Walker Park right here in the Village at Hudson and Clarkson Sts, has two courts. Portable nets are needed.

The Happy Warrior Playground at Amsterdam and 97th on the Upper West Side has one court, but BYON (Bring Your Own Net).

DeWitt Clinton Park in Hell's Kitchen (11th Ave. & 54th St.) has three courts, which operate on a first come, first served basis. BYON.

Carl Schurz Park at 86th St. and East End Ave. in Yorkville, on the Upper East Side, has three painted courts right near the water. First come, first served. BYON.

The William F. Passannante Ballfield at Houston and 6th here in the Village has 8 courts. BYON.

St. Vartan Handball Courts at 1st Ave. and 35th St. in Murray Hill has four courts. BYON.

Sol Lain Playground at East Broadway, Gouvernour and Henry Sts. on the Lower East Side has 3 courts, and serves as a school playground so is only open after 3 PM when school is in session.

Did we mention that they're all free?

And it's okay! You can suck! (For reassurance see above: "children's backyard game.") The beauty of pickleball is it is accessible for everyone, regardless of their athletic ability.

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