City of Concord California

News Release

August 29, 2016

Grand opening for Concord's new pickleball courts

Residents are invited to the grand opening of Concord's new pickleball courts on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. at Willow Pass Community Park, East Olivera Road and Salvio Street. Following the official ribbon cutting, several activities for all ages will take place on the courts, along with demonstrations by local players and free giveaways.

Pickleball is a low impact paddle sport played on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net, a large ping pong like paddle and a plastic whiffle ball. Created for all ages and skill levels, the simple rules of the game make it easy for beginners to learn. But don't be fooled, it can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

During a recent resurfacing of eight tennis courts at the park, four courts were repainted to create the 14 new pickleball courts. Concord Parks and Recreation first offered pickleball classes two years ago, and demand has steadily increased. A large contingent of players requested the creation of the permanent courts with plans to expand sports opportunities for kids and adults of all ages. A Pickleball league is planned for this fall and the Willow Pass Park Pickleball courts will be the host site for the Senior Games Encore Tournament in November with winners qualifying for the National Senior Game championships to be held in Birmingham, Alabama next June.

"This is one of the largest pickleball complexes that we're aware of in Northern California," said Parks and Recreation Director Steve Voorhies. "We're excited to have teams from all over the Bay Area come to Concord to play. In addition, this is a great sport for the whole family so we hope to see many Concord residents on the courts."

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Kathryn Monroy at (925) 671-3423

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