First accessible pickleball courts opening at Tempe Sports Complex

First accessible pickleball courts opening at Tempe Sports Complex

Pickleball has arrived in Tempe! The city’s first dedicated, permanent pickleball courts are opening at Tempe Sports Complex. A grand opening celebration will take place on Friday, May 17 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Two of the courts follow the recommended dimensions to accommodate players with disabilities, particularly those in wheelchairs. These are two of the first accessible courts in the state. 

All eight courts feature LED lighting for evening play. Reservations are not required.

Event info

When: Friday, May 17, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Tempe Sports Complex, 8403 S. Hardy Drive (between Warner and Elliot road)

What: Pickleball drills, activities, remarks from Mayor Mark Mitchell, Ability 360 and pickleball community members

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines many elements of tennis and badminton and has become a national phenomenon, attracting players of all ages, abilities and activity levels. According to USAPA Pickleball and the American Sports Builders Association, pickleball is a good sport for athletes in wheelchairs, allowing them to compete with anyone, regardless of abilities.

To embrace this emerging recreational group, and to provide adaptive and inclusive recreational opportunities for residents of all abilities, Tempe City Council approved funding to build the dedicated courts.

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