Pickleball has been America’s fastest-growing sport for three years running, with over 2.4 million new players since 2019. Described as a cross between ping pong, tennis, and badminton, Pickleball is accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds. It’s addictive and fast-paced, and if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s about time!
There are now over 10,000 pickleball courts in the United States, an all-new USA Pickleball Association, first-time national tournaments, and local leagues in every corner of the country. In Louisville, there are at least 15 free public courts that host weekly (and sometimes daily) events for players of every level.
Here’s the lowdown of where you can play in Louisville, KY, as of June 2022.
Facilities And Parks With Pickleball Courts in Louisville, KY
EP Tom Sawyer Park
The state-of-the-art pickleball complex at EP Tom Sawyer State Park boasts a total of 16 outdoor courts and 4 seasonal indoor courts. The outdoor courts are free and open to the public, 7 am until dusk, 7 days a week. These courts can be reserved for a fee. There is currently an ongoing summer ladder league for all levels of play. The indoor courts are available during the winter months for $5/person. To learn more or reserve a court, contact the Recreation Office at 502-429-7270.
Charlie Vettiner Park
On June 6th, 12 new pickleball courts opened at Charlie Vettiner Park, located at 5550 Charlie Vettiner Park Rd in South Louisville. As part of a $1.3 million investment in the park, other improvements included repaving and rehabilitation efforts.
Wyandotte Park, located near Churchill Downs at 1104 Beecher St, offers 6 pickleball courts. The courts are well-lit at night, and there is an ongoing Wednesday evening summer league at this facility.
According to their Facebook page, “Pickleball Euphoria is the first dedicated Pickleball facility in Louisville, KY featuring 3 indoor courts with outdoor surface and a pro-shop on-site. Owners & certified teaching pros, Josh & Stephanie, have actively played & competed in pickleball tournaments since 2017. PE strives to provide a top-notch facility, attracting players of all skill levels with offerings of hourly court rentals, lessons, clinics, skills & drills, paddle demos, round robins, leagues, open play and special events.”
Pickleball Euphoria is a highly-active community of pickleball-players that invites involvement at all levels. It is located at 4209 Gardiner View Avenue, near I-264 at Newburg and Poplar Level Rd. To learn more, visit pickleballeuphoria.com.
Pickleball at Springhurst (via the Louisville Sports Academy) offers 3 reservable indoor Pickleball courts, private and group lessons, leagues, and more. See more at http://www.springhurst.com/sports/pickleball or visit their Facebook page.
Berrytown Recreation Center
Berrytown Recreation Center, located at 1300 Heafer Rd in the east end, has 3 indoor pickleball courts, available on Wednesday and Fridays from 10 am – 12 pm. Call recreation director Jon Pilbean at (502) 456-8148 for more information.
Northeast Louisville YMCA
The Northeast Louisville Family YMCA offers 3 indoor pickleball courts, free for YMCA members. To learn more, click here.
Hounz Lane Park
Hounz Lane Park, located at 2300 Hounz Ln across from EP Tom Sawyer Park, offers 3 outdoor courts for public access and free play.
Des Pres Park
The following local parks have at least 1 pickleball court: Sun Valley Park, Riverside Gardens Park, PeeWee Park.
Facebook Groups To Join
If you want to keep tabs on the Louisville pickleball community, there are several public Facebook groups that post regular updates concerning upcoming events around town.
- Derby City Pickleball is the largest group, with over 2,000 members.
- Louisville Pickleball, another popular Facebook group, currently has around 1,500 members.
- Louisville Beginners Pickleball is a private group with over 400 members, designed to promote an inclusive space for those new to the sport.
- E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park – Pickleball is a Facebook group created to share information about pickleball programs and events, specifically about EP Tom Sawyer State Park.
- Pickleball Squad is another local forum that shares local information, especially concerning play at Wyandotte Park and the YMCA.
- Pickleball Forum is a worldwide Facebook group designed for discussion of all-things-Pickleball. Boasting over 68,000 members, this is the largest Pickleball page on the web.
To read my blog about common pickleball injuries and how to prevent them, click here.
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