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Significant investments in pickleball began during the pandemic and will increase moving forward to provide more access and opportunities in neighborhoods across the city    

Keeping with its commitment the support the recreational needs and interests of Chicago’s residents, the Chicago Park District announced plans to construct 50 new pickleball courts throughout the city by 2025. This investment expands opportunities for players of all ages and skill levels across the city and puts Chicago in line with other cities across the country that are meeting the growing popularity of the sports and demand for pickleball courts. The 50 new courts in addition to the 80 existing pickleball courts located in parks will expand interest that gained popularity throughout the pandemic.  Construction on the 50 new courts is slated to begin next year.  

“Yes, ‘Pickleball Mania’ is here and residents want more! Pickleball is among the fastest growing sports in the nation and more and more Chicagoans are taking interest in the sport,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Rosa Escareño. “We are thrilled to build on our existing courts in the coming years. This will not only expand opportunities across the city but also bring players from different neighborhoods together to enjoy the sport.” 

In response to the increased summer activity on the Park District’s existing pickleball courts across the city, plans include the development of three regional facilities with several courts and the capacity to host tournaments. The remaining individual courts in neighborhood parks will include new construction and converted tennis or basketball courts. The Park District is seeking input from the community to determine the best locations for the new pickleball courts. Patrons may provide their feedback online here

The Park District offers nearly 80 pickleball courts at over 40 parks. There are currently 4 parks with courts dedicated for pickleball only and the balance are shared courts for either pickleball or tennis play. Pickleball is also offered at many indoor gymnasiums in Park District field houses which accommodates year-round play.  

The new pickleball courts are funded by the City’s Chicago Recovery Plan (CRP) which earmarks dollars for neighborhood park improvements. Additional park projects funded by CRP will be announced soon.

For a list of current pickleball activities at parks citywide, click here