Pickleball Season Starts Up

People Interested In Free Pickleball Games and Instruction Can Join the Local DPR Program

Pickleball players. (Photo Flickr Commons)

Pickleball players grab shoes and head to the Sherwood Recreation Center on the 600 block of 10th Street NE from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays starting Dec. 10 until May 10. Beginners and experienced adult players can join In free instruction and demonstration classes hosted by the DC Department of Parks Recreation (DPR) and volunteers. Participants can borrow the wooden racquets and other equipment at the center.

Dubbed by local recreation groups as the “fastest growing adult sport,” pickleball does require a bit of speed and agility. Played on a court about half the size of a tennis court, it combines techniques from tennis, table tennis and badminton and is played with a type of whiffle ball. It started in the 1960s on the West Coast and has spread throughout the US, Canada and several countries in Europe  

DPR will also host pickleball games from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the King Greenleaf Recreation Center on the 200 block of N Street SW and from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Emery Recreation Center on the 5700 block of Georgia Avenue NW.

Click this link to register

Check the DPR website for any changes or updates to the program: dpr.dc.gov