April 17, 2023

Pickleball in the City!


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.)

There are now more than 400 courts in the city, but the ones at Central Park's Wollman Rink, which open today, serve as the largest pickleball installation in the northeast, with 14 courts in total.

Here are the deets:

  • Courts are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through October 9th.
  • The cost is $80-$120 an hour on courts for four to eight people. (Prices correspond to peak/off-peak times, but it rounds out to about $10/hour per person.)
  • Paddle rental is $6, but feel free to bring your own.


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

Head here to reserve a court.

Image via Jennifer Smith/iStock



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