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Here’s the ‘dill’ on pickleball changes at Rec Center

Here’s the ‘dill’ on pickleball changes at Rec Center
Posted on 03/05/2020
pickleball paddles, ball and netUpdated July 23, 2020

Pickleball is a fast-growing paddle sport that can be played by all ages and skill levels. At the Lenexa Rec Center, we try to balance the needs of many different user groups, including pickleball enthusiasts.

To accommodate more pickleballers while also ensuring play time for other activities, we are reinforcing existing policies and put in place several changes to streamline pickleball play as of March 1, 2020.
  • Nonmembers who pay $2 for drop-in pickleball play in the activity gym community space do not get access to the rest of the facility. The second floor gym is reserved for use by Rec Center members and day pass users ($8 for residents or $10 regular rate).

  • Pickleball nets will only be set up in the activity gym and second floor gym during pickleball hours listed on posted schedules. Staff will not set up nets when time is reserved for sports play.

  • Pickleball etiquette rules will be enforced when other players are waiting:

    • We require a four-on, four-off rotation in both the activity gym and second floor gym. All four players will rotate out after each game.

    • Games will be played to 11 points and must be won by two points. They must be capped at 13 points or a 20-minute time limit.

    • We are working to set up paddle holders that will help keep players’ place in line.
Have questions about the policies? Contact TheRec@lenexa.com or 913.477.7529.

Where to play pickleball in Lenexa

In response to pickleball’s rising popularity, Lenexa Parks & Recreation offers pickleball lessons, clinics and tournaments; has expanded indoor drop-in play opportunities in recent years; and is building new outdoor pickleball courts that will open by this summer. 

Whether you’re just learning the sport or you want to take your skills to the next level, there are multiple places to get your rally on in the City of Lenexa.
  • Check for upcoming pickleball lessons, clinics and tournaments at Lenexa.com/GetActive.

  • Lenexa Rec Center

    • Schedule varies for drop-in play in activity gym. Free for members and $2 for nonmembers. (Does not give nonmembers access to the rest of the facility.)

    • Schedule varies drop drop-in play in second floor gym. Free for members. Nonmembers pay a day pass fee to access the entire facility.

    • Check out paddles and balls at no charge from the welcome desk.

  • Lenexa Community Center 

    • Schedule varies for drop-in play. Cost is $2 per person.

    • Reserve a court in person for a fee by visiting the Lenexa Community Center or Lenexa Rec Center.

    • Check out paddles and balls at no charge from the customer service desk.

  • City of Lenexa outdoor tennis courts, which also feature painted pickleball lines 

    • Official reservations for outdoor tennis/pickleball courts must be done in person at the Lenexa Rec Center. Hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Tennis/pickleball court fees are $5 per hour for residents, $10 per hour for nonresidents. Bois D’Arc pickleball court fees are $10 per hour for residents, $15 per hour for nonresidents. Please visit Sports Courts & Courses for more information on hours and amenities. 

    • Bois D’Arc Park (88th Terrace and Lackman Road) – eight new pickleball courts opened July 1, 2020

    • Flat Rock Creek Park (103rd Street and Noland Road) – two courts

    • Matt Taylor Park (82nd Street and Rosehill Road) – four courts; free push-button lighting available until 11 p.m.

    • Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (87th Street Parkway and Greenway Lane) – two new tennis courts opened July 1, 2020

Published March 5, 2020