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Pickleball in Gainesville, FL

By: Jane W / 19 Apr 2023
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Pickleball is a sport that has been growing in popularity across the United States in recent years, and Gainesville, Florida is no exception. With its warm climate and active community, Gainesville is the perfect place to enjoy this exciting and fast-paced game. In this blog, we will discuss the various pickleball courts in Gainesville and why playing pickleball is so much fun.


Firstly, let's talk about the different pickleball courts in Gainesville. One of the most popular locations for pickleball is the Hal Brady Recreation Complex, which has six multi-use pickleball courts that are open to the public. USA Pickleball Ambassador and certified pickleball instructor Mary Rossow offers beginner to advanced beginner group lessons as well as open play on select days of the week. Another option is the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center, which has four indoor pickleball courts available for use. The Jonesville Tennis Center and the Northside Park also have pickleball courts that are open to the public. Northside Park, which has four dedicated courts and four multiuse courts, will host the Greater Gainesville Pickleball Open April 28-30, 2023.  Additional public pickleball courts are located at Tom Petty Park (four courts), Gainesville YMCA (two courts), Eastside High School (three courts), and at the Kanapaha Veterans Memorial Park (five courts). The Alachua Sports Complex which opened in January 2023 will be opening 21 pickleball courts by the Fall of 2023. 


Now that we've covered where to play, let's talk about why playing pickleball is so much fun. One of the things that makes pickleball unique is that it's a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping pong. The game is played with a paddle and a whiffle ball on a court that is about the size of a badminton court. The smaller court size means that the game is more fast-paced than tennis, but it's not as physically demanding as some other sports. This makes it a great option for people of all ages and skill levels.


Another reason why pickleball is so much fun is that it's a social sport. Pickleball can be played in singles or doubles, which means that you can play with a friend or make new friends by playing with someone you don't know. The game is also very accessible, with many locations offering beginner clinics and open play times for people who are just starting out.


Gainesville is home to several pickleball clubs including the UF Pickleball Club which practices several times a week at the Southwest Recreation Center on campus, the Gainesville Pickleball Club, the Heritage Hunt Pickleball Club, and more forming every year. 


Finally, pickleball is a great way to stay active and healthy. The sport provides a full-body workout that can help improve your balance, agility, and coordination. It's also a low-impact sport, which means that it's easier on your joints than some other sports.


In conclusion, Gainesville is a great place to play pickleball, with many dedicated courts available for public use. Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, pickleball is a fun and social sport that offers a great workout and the opportunity to meet new people. So grab your paddle and head to one of Gainesville's many pickleball courts to experience the excitement of this unique and engaging sport.

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