Open Pickleball Schedule
Dates: October 2-December 21
Days: Tuesdays & Fridays
Fees: $3 for residents $4 for nonresidents or 10-punch pass $25 for residents and $35 for nonresidents
Free for Fitness Inclusive Members
With its odd name, reputation for being fun, and noted health benefits such as lowered blood pressure, improved mental acuity, and increased cardiovascular endurance, it’s no wonder that pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America.
Even Bill and Melinda Gates love to play “this crazy sport called pickleball.”
In 1965, three fathers created the game to entertain their children. While there is some debate as to whether the sport got its name from a dog or maritime pursuits, there is no denying that the game is fun and easy for anyone to learn.
Pickleball is a hybrid of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton and can be played indoors or outdoors nearly all year long. “The rules are pretty simple and if you’re new to the game, you can pick it up in just one session,” says Mike Azzaretto, Oak Brook Park District’s athletic and recreation manager.
According to Azzaretto, the friendly, social nature of the game also encourages multigenerational play. “Because the game is low-impact it really appeals to older active adults, but when kids see how fun it is, they don’t want to miss out,” he says.
Pickleball is played with a plastic ball similar to a Wiffle ball on a badminton-size court. The net set to a 34-inch height at the center and players use paddles that are approximately double the size of a ping-pong paddle.
Looking for a Place to Play?
Beginning Tuesday, October 2, the Oak Brook Park District offers Open Pickleball at the Family Recreation Center, 1450 Forest Gate Road in Oak Brook, every Tuesday and Friday from 9am-11am. The park district will provide balls and nets, but Open Pickleball is not an instructional class. Players are encouraged to bring their own racquets, but there are a limited number available for rent at the Family Recreation Center front desk.
The Open Pickleball fee is $3 for residents or $4 for nonresidents. A 10-punch pass is also available for $25 for residents and $35 for nonresidents. Oak Brook park District Fitness Inclusive Members can play free. For more information on Oak Brook Park District’s Open Pickleball, please call 630-645-9529.