Pickleball Feasibility Study

Glenview Park District

Frequently Asked Questions

What is pickleball?
Pickleball is a racquet sport played between 2-teams of 1-2 players. It is similar to tennis but the court is smaller, the racquet is solid, the net is lower, and a perforated hollow plastic ball is used. Pickleball can be played inside or outside.

What does a pickleball court need?
At a minimum, pickleball requires a paved court with boundary lines and a net. Additional basic elements such as fencing and windscreens are also highly encouraged. Depending on the level of play and the number of courts provided, additional amenities might include a paddle rack, sports lighting, and off-court spectator seating.

What are some common concerns about pickleball?

Noise level – many people find the noise made by the pickleball and racquet to be higher-pitched and more noticeable than other racquet sports.

High participation – large numbers of participants during peak use times may put more demand at smaller parks for parking or seating.

Regionality – the popularity of pickleball may attract members of multiple communities creating a higher demand for court availability and playing time.

What sites are being considered for new courts?
One of the key outcomes of this feasibility study is to identify potential locations for pickleball courts. An assessment of potential locations will be posted once compiled.

Is Pickleball just a fad?
Pickleball is currently one of the fastest-growing recreation sports as identified by national independent sports and recreation trend reporting agencies. Interest in the sport has been climbing annually for over 5-years and shows no indication of decreasing.

Where can I learn more about how Glenview Park District provides pickleball courts and services?