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Moline Illinois Parks and Recreation is hosting a designer purse auction to benefit construction of a new Riverside Park Pickleball Complex

Work to build pickleball courts at Park Ridge, Illinois’s Woodland Park could begin next spring following approval of proposed site improvements from the city’s plan commission.

These two new pickleball courts are at the south end of Drost Park in Maryville and should open in November.

There is a new pickleball court at Peters Park in Watseka, Illinois.

The Charleston City Council unanimously approved a resolution to give $2,400 in tourism funds to the Midwest Pickleball Indoor Championship.

The championship will be March 19, 20 and 21 at Eastern Illinois University.

The Park Ridge Park District has received a $400,000 state grant that officials say will be used to replace tennis with pickleball courts at Woodland Park, 1200 N. Western Ave., among other park improvements.

The Western DuPage Special Recreation Association partnered up with the Naperville, Illinois, Park District to get a crash course in pickleball.

The Deerfield Park District is stuck in the middle of a pickleball dispute — aficionados want outdoor courts but neighbors of proposed sites want them elsewhere.

Decatur, Illinois: Rylee Gower and his dad have developed a chemistry having competed as teammates in pickleball tournaments.

At Woodland Park, tennis courts will be replaced by pickleball courts. Tennis areas are available elsewhere in the system, but pickleball, relatively new but growing popular in Park Ridge, had limited spaces to play.

When the weather started getting colder, the Pickleball of the Riverbend group was searching for an indoor facility after playing outdoors at Gordon Moore Park for several months. In November, the group found a new place to play — the Catholic Children’s Home at 1400 State St.

AdVantage November 7, 2019 The Alton Parks and Recreation open pickleball program has been moved indoors. The first-year program will have open play at the gymnasium of the Catholic Children’s Home at 1400 State Street until March 2020. Pickleball will be played from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays. […]

Several months ago, Pat Ryan had no idea what pickleball was. Now, it’s one of his favorite sports.

The Niles Park District has added its first outdoor pickleball courts. The two courts, which were created from an existing tennis court, opened in early August at Kirk Lane Park at Jonquil Terrace and Waukegan Road. The courts are lit.

By Jake Mosbach – Aug 21, 2019 CLINTON — With a number of eastern Iowa and western Illinois pickleball enthusiasts on hand Wednesday afternoon, city officials held a ribboncutting for the Riverview Pickleball and Sand Volleyball Complex. Sitting south of the Riverview Swimming Pool, the complex features eight pickleball courts with new sand volleyball […]

August 10, 2019 Roger BelAir teaching Pickleball to inmates at the Cook County Jail in Chicago. (Photos courtesy Roger BelAir) A background in professional public speaking came in handy back in 2017 when Edmonds resident Roger BelAir stood before a wall of men in prison garb at Chicago’s Cook County Jail. “They were holding their […]

Pickleball & Oak Park make for a good match Over 200 players have picked up the burgeoning sport in town Tuesday, August 6th, 2019  (L to R) Nathaniel Powell, Rush Oak Park Hospital; Lynne Casey, Rush Oak Park Hospital; Kassie Porreca, Park Board Commissioner; Karen McMillin, pickleball organizer; Sandy Lentz, Park Board President; Jan Arnold, […]

The Crystal Lake Park District plans to transform two tennis courts at Spoerl Park into six pikleball courts. Amie Schaenzer, Patch Staff – Jul 29, 2019 The Crystal Lake Park District is planning to add six pickleball courts at Spoerl Park. (Crystal Lake Park District) CRYSTAL LAKE, IL — The Crystal Lake Park District has […]

July 26, 2019 – Niko Emack Detainees get ready for a pickleball match (Courtesy of Roger Bel Air) Roger BelAir is a 72-year-old from Edmonds, Washington. In 2011, he fell in love with a sport called pickleball. “You know, here was a sport that was very easy to learn, it’s easy on the joints, it’s great…

Pickleball lessons were held at Doogan Park in Orland Park in June and aside from players learning valuable lessons of the unique sport from Andy Ventress, Bill Voigt and Odell Branch. Competitions were held with the first prizes being jars of pickles. Ventress said players came from Orland Park, Palos Heights, Indian Head Park, Joliet,…

Photo by Theo Tate Melissa Batchelor makes a return during a pickleball game on June 20 at Gordon Moore Park. Almost 50 years after playing quarterback for the Alton High School football team, Dennis Hammond found a new sport this summer — pickleball. After a month, he’s hooked with it. “I come here and get […]

With teammate Megan Kindernay looking on, Jamie Murray returns a shot during play in the women’s 3.0 division at the MoCo Summer Classic Pickleball Tournament in Hillsboro on June 8. The MoCo Pickleball Club hosted the 2019 MoCo Summer Classic Pickleball Tournament June 8-9 at the Hillsboro Sports Complex. Tournament directors were Will Adkins and […]

Pickleball courts, dog parks and grants for an arts program led by House Speaker Michael Madigan’s wife are on a lengthy list of lawmakers’ pet projects paid for by a massive gambling expansion and tax hikes on smoking and parking.

Naperville’s four dedicated pickleball courts and eight tennis courts will be used for the 2019 Chicago Pickleball Open to be held at the Nike Sports Complex July 16-21. About 400 players, including pros vying for a $25,000 purse, are expected to participate. (Naperville Park District) Taylor HartzNaperville Sun The first major Pickleball tournament to take […]

This is a pickleball court combined with a tennis court. The multi-use court to be built at Wabash Park, however, will also be set up for volleyball. Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save   RANTOUL — Rantoul Park Board will issue $120,000 in bonds to be repaid over four years to build a new multi-use […]

Mick ZawislakFollow @dhMickZawislak Due to popular demand, Hawthorn Woods is set to become the latest public entity in Lake County to offer pickleball as an activity. Work continues to create a pickleball court atop an existing tennis court at Bridlewoods Park on the west side of town. The project involves overlaying and painting the smaller, […]

Anne Lunde Pickleball will get priority in renovations of the playing courts at Woodland Park, 1200 Western, the Park Ridge Park District Board decided Thursday, May 16. President Harmony Harrington led the discussion, which focused on options to retain some tennis activity or replace tennis with pickleball. There are four tennis courts and a basketball […]

Thomas Park to be Sterling Park District’s outdoor pickleball hub BY CODY CUTTER 815-625-3600, ext. 5552 @CodyCutter35 SVM file photo Caption Pickleball pro Mike Shears gets some practice in on the pickleball court at Westwood Sports Complex. SVM file photo Caption From left: Pickleball pro Mike Shears, Alberto Weatherby, Efren Diaz, and Isaiah Chattic […]

Introduction to Pickleball Gordon Moore Park 4550 College Ave, Alton, Illinois 62002 Have you heard about the pickleball craze that’s sweeping the nation? If you, or someone you know, are interested in a hands on learning experience come to one of our three, free orientation to pickleball clinics. The clinics are open to all adults […]

“Right now my passion is:  Pickleball!  I love this sport!   I was introduced to it in December and I cannot get enough of it”. [From] Listen to Monica Corsaro’s radio commentary. I love learning!  Yes I know what you are all saying; “Monica you better love learning, after all you are in Higher Education!” …

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