Pickleball is cited as the fastest-growing sport in North America, and as interest continues its upwards motion, more spaces to get out and enjoy the game are available in Orangeville.

It is a low-intensity, low-impact sport, which provides the opportunity for people with physical limitations to get involved and is fun for all skill-levels and ages.

Interested in playing? This Spring, Orangeville Recreation offers indoor court bookings at Alder Recreation Centre for up to six players, for a period of 1.5 hours. Players do need to bring their own equipment, however, a pickleball net is provided as part of the court rental. Reservations are $16.75 and slots are available at varying times throughout the day. This indoor program will be available during the summer months on a reduced schedule.

Outdoor courts are available for free public use at the Orangeville Lions Sports Pad at 120 Diane Drive. Players must supply their own net. Residents can also purchase a summer pickleball membership, which includes access to reservable court times with net. More information on this program can be found at orangeville.ca/pickleball.

Orangeville Recreation is excited to partner with Taylored Pickleball to offer clinics this Spring at the Orangeville Lions Sports Park. Offered in residents of all skill levels are welcome to register for Pickleball 101, 102 and Mentored Practice sessions. 

Here are some quick facts about Pickleball:

• Pickleball includes elements from tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It was created in 1965 in the United States when some friends and family wanted to play badminton but didn’t have the right equipment.
• Pickleball is a game geared towards being social – it's as much about the connection and sense of community it creates as it is about playing the game, which makes it a great option for families or friends new and old.

• Equipment includes Pickleball paddles and balls, and non-marking gum-sole or tennis shoes.

• It’s an easy game to learn, taking approximately just 10 to 15 minutes to understand the rules. Scorekeeping is simple: you must reach 11 points to win, the caveat being you must win by at least two points.

• Pickleball can be played indoors or outdoors – in the past, groups have used spaces like the Orangeville Lions Park sports pad to set up games.

Learn more about Pickleball and sports court reservations at orangeville.ca/pickleball.