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Pickleball is all the rage. And here’s where to play

August 2021

Now Serving Pickleball, KC Style

Have you been challenged to a game of pickleball yet? If not, all in good time. Pickleball, after all, is one of the nation’s fastest growing sports.

According to the Sport and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), pickleball participation grew by a whopping 21.3% last year as Americans looked for new ways to stay active during the pandemic.

Pickleball is a fun paddleball sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Enjoyed by all ages, it can be played by singles or pairs, either indoors or outdoors, on a 20’ x 44’ badminton-sized court. The aim, like many racquet sports, is to get the ball over the net and to prevent your opponent from hitting it back.

As pickleball explodes across Kansas City, courts are popping up all over. And they’re not just freshly-paved courts—many local parks’ existing tennis courts have been marked for pickleball to meet growing demand.

The best places to play pickleball in Kansas City

Chicken N Pickle
1761 Burlington St., North Kansas City

Sunrise Point Elementary School
15800 Roe Ave., Overland Park

Matt Ross Community Center
8101 Marty St., Overland Park

Tomahawk Ridge Community Center
11902 Lowell Ave., Overland Park

Blue Springs Park
2204 S.W. South Ave., Blue Springs

Harmon Park Tennis Courts
W. 77th Pl. & Delmar St., Prairie Village

Sheila Kemper Dietrich Park
Gillham Road and E. 27th St., KCMO

Blue Valley Recreation Center at Hilltop
7720 W. 143rd St., Overland Park

Meadowbrook Park
9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village

Roanoke Park
3601 Roanoke Road, KCMO

Matt Taylor Park
Rosehill Road & W. 82nd Terrace, Lenexa

The Sandbox
509 N.W. Barry Road, KCMO

Bois D’Arc Park
W. 88th Terrace, Lenexa

Listowel Park
12037 W. 71st St., Shawnee

Kansas City North Community Center
3930 N.E. Antioch Road, KCMO

Gillham Park
3915 Gillham Road, KCMO

Merriam Community Center
6040 Slater St., Merriam

Sylvester Powell, Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway St., Mission

The Shawnee Civic Centre
13817 Johnson Drive #3802, Shawnee

Hyde Park
3619 Gillham Road #5, KCMO

Brookside Park
Brookside Boulevard & E. 56th St.

Westport Roanoke Community Center
3601 Roanoke Road, KCMO

68s Inside Sports
11301 W. 88th St., Overland Park

St. Andrew Overland Park and Recreational Area
11099 W. 135th St., Overland Park

Flat Rock Creek Park
W. 103rd St. & Hauser St., Lenexa

Meadowbrook Park
9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village

Upper Banner Park
520 N.E. Noeleen Lane, Lee’s Summit

Switzer Park
10917-10965 W. 135th St., Overland Park

Source: Kansas City Magazine, usapickleball.org

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