By Brandon Mackie and Andreas Theodorou From Pickleheads
Pickleball’s popularity grew dramatically in Huntsville and across the nation during the pandemic, as people looked for a social sport to enjoy outdoors. Pickleball is a paddle sport that can be played both indoors and outdoors among 2 or 4 players. While the rules are pretty simple, the game can be enjoyed by people of all ages and ability – it’s no wonder so many people are learning how to play pickleball.
Last year, it was reported that there are more than 36.5 million pickleball players in the US. Combining elements of badminton, tennis, and ping pong; pickleball uses a paddle and a hollow, perforated plastic ball in a court ⅓ the size of a tennis court.
Huntsville is the perfect place to enjoy a game of pickleball, with new courts opening around the city every now and then. Plus, you can find all of the Pickleball courts in Huntsville at Pickleheads – so you don’t have to ask around to find your nearest court.
We spoke with Melissa Riopka and James Gossett at the Huntsville Parks and Recreation to find out more about Pickleball’s exploding popularity:
“We would urge anyone interested in pickleball to check out the Parks and Recreation spring program guide” – Melissa Riopka
Public Pickleball Courts in Huntsville
There are two popular public courts for pickleball:
- Sandra Moon Community Complex
Dive back into the nostalgic days of high school with the Sandra Moon Community Complex on the grounds of the old Grissom High School campus.
Although this community center is a work in progress, the place offers spacious courts for pickleball, tennis, soccer, and frisbee. Alongside that, you’ll also find a well-equipped gym for a pre-game warmup and a community meeting room for all your tournament discussions.
- Dr. Robert Shurney Legacy Center
The Legacy Center is one of the largest community centers with a stellar pickleball court. Spread over 11 acres, the campus is adorned with beautiful walking trails and a park area for kids.
Surrounding the courts, you’ll also find a huge pavilion for the people interested in watching the game. Also, the courts are well-lit so that you can play even during the night.
Private Pickleball Courts in Huntsville
If you’re looking for something a little more selective, here are two popular private courts:
- Trinity United Methodist Church
While the Trinity United Methodist Church does not have a pickleball court of its own, they do rent out its plot to interested players. You’ll have to bring your own paddles and draw your own court, but the prices are low, and the view is pleasant.
- Anthem Apartments and Cottages
Anthem Apartments and Cottages is basically a group of luxury home rentals known for its world-class activities and community center.
It offers huge playgrounds, screened porches, pools, and gardens for everyone. If you’re looking for specially built courts and areas for games like pickleball, you’ll be happy to know that they have plenty of space for the game and dining areas adjacent to it for you to enjoy a scrumptious meal after the game.
But that’s not all! According to James Gosset, the Huntsville P&R Director, “discussions are underway for expanded pickleball opportunities throughout the City.”
Don’t fall prey to the never-ending loop of traveling to and from work. Get out there and pump up your happy hormones with an exciting round of pickleball in Huntsville. Be a part of America’s fastest-growing sport — hit the courts today!