Parks and Recreation is looking for ways to increase pickleball in Plano

Plano Recreation Services Manager Susie Hergenrader speaks at the April 13 Town Hall meeting.
Plano Parks & Rec is looking for ways to increase availability for residents to play pickleball, representatives said in a town hall meeting.

At the April 13 Town Hall meeting on Parks and Recreation, the Plano Parks and Recreation Department discussed looking for more ways for residents to enjoy pickelball.

Pickleball is a recreational sport that combines elements ping-pong, tennis and badminton for a two to four person game.

The sport is growing across the country, with more than 36 million people estimated to play the sport.

There are currently 12 indoor courts available at open play times at Plano recreation centers with a membership and 32 outdoor courts at several PISD school sites and High Point Park Tennis Center.

Memberships provide access to all Plano Parks and Recreation rec centers and swimming pools. Pricing depends on age and residents, and range from $95 to $260 yearly. Month-to-month memberships are also available for $11-29 depending on age and residence.

In addition to discussing increasing courts at Plano rec centers, Plano Parks and Recreation is partnering with PISD to restripe several of the middle school courts for pickleball.

“Pickleball is obviously extremely important to this community,” Plano Recreation Services Manager Susie Hergenrader said. “The demand has grown exponentially over the last couple of years, and we recognize that.”

Hergenrader emphasized that part of pickleball’s growth has come from the accessibility of the sport, as those of all ages and families are able to play.

Additionally, after a question arose about adding pickleball courts to the existing Sam Johnson Recreation Center. While expansion is limited on that property due to the existing floodplain, Hergenrader said, the city is soon opening for community feedback about the possibility of creating another senior center.

“If another senior center would be built, I would imagine it would have pickleball or some type of courts with that facility,” she said.

The town hall meeting, among others, is part of an input process laid out in the 2019 City of Plano Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Master Plan. 

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