By Madysen Doyle on Oct. 19, 2022
The unique and ever growing sport of pickleball is on the rise across Kalamazoo! For those that aren’t familiar with this fast paced game, it’s basically a combination of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, which may sound complicated but we promise it’s a sport for all ages and experience levels to enjoy.
With the addition of new courts, renovations, and the dedication of the Kalamazoo Pickleball Club there are many different ways for you to experience pickleball in Greater Kalamazoo!
1. TEXAS CORNERS 6TH STREET PARK
6321 S 6th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Recently built in Texas Corners, these 8 courts have been home to the Annual Latitude 42 Senior Pro Open 50+ and 65+ Pickleball Tournament and they are open daily, weather permitting.
2. WEST HILLS ATHLETIC CLUB
2001 S 11th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
From pickleball leagues, open play, private lessons, classes and private court rental, West Hills Athletic Club has many opportunities for the first timer or experienced pickleball player. West Hills is also a great place to take up pickleball with their indoor courts as we’re approaching the cold months.
3. KALAMAZOO PICKLEBALL CLUB
Our local pickleball club in Kalamazoo is a diverse group of individuals that all have one thing in common – they love pickleball! If you’re interested in giving the sport a try, we encourage you to follow their Facebook page to stay up to date on drop in meet-ups, tournaments, etc.
Did you know that Kalamazoo hosted the USA Pickleball Great Lakes Regional from 2017-2019? This event wouldn’t have been possible without the Kalamazoo Pickleball Club. The club also hosts their Annual Latitude 42 Senior Pro Open and Pickleball Fever In The Zoo Tournament’s each summer. This year the 2022 tournaments brought in an estimated $403,468 in economic impact to the Kalamazoo region.
Fun fact, the Latitude 42 Senior Pro Open was the first Senior Only pro event in the U.S. There are other Senior tournaments that offer cash prizes, but they are in conjunction with the younger Open Pro tournaments. The Kalamazoo Pickleball Club was the first to offer a senior only Pro event!
4. CRANE PARK
2099 S Park St W, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Offering a more intimate setting, Crane Park has two pickleball courts for you to enjoy located in the heart of the scenic Westnedge Hill neighborhood.
5. RAMONA PARK
8600 S Sprinkle Road, Portage, MI 49002
With 4 pickleball courts at Ramona Park, there is a plenty of space for you to spread out and practice your A-game. At Ramona Park, you also have access to basketball courts, football field, playground, baseball/softball diamond, soccer field and even beach front access! Check out the Pickleball at Ramona Park Facebook page for updates on open play, drop in nights, and stretching and active warm-up recommendations from Dr. Frank Allen, Pickleball PT.
For more information on adult leagues at Ramona Park, visit Portage Parks & Recreation’s website.
6. LAKEVIEW PARK
9345 Portage Rd, Portage, MI 49002
Pickleball with a view… What more could you ask for? 😍 This 26 acre park is located along the shores of Austin Lake. Not only are there 4 pickleball courts, but there is a baseball/softball diamond, basketball court, pavilion, volleyball court, playground and walking track.
7. KINDLEBERGER PARK
122 N Riverview Dr, Parchment, MI 49004
Known as the “Jewel of Parchment” with its sunken garden and gazebo, playground areas, softball complex, tennis courts, pavilions, and walking paths. Kindleberger Park is also home to its very own outdoor stage which is the venue for the theater productions during the Kindleberger Festival each year. Kindleberger is the perfect quaint location to grab your paddle and play a round of pickleball.
8. FRAYS PARK
1006 Piccadilly Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Frays Park is an 11 acre community park located in Westwood. It has 2 recently renovated pickleball/tennis courts, a new eight-foot sidewalk path, benches and bike rakes. The park also offers picnic areas, grills and a sand volleyball court.
9. LEXINGTON GREEN PARK
4750 Pittsford Ave, Portage, MI 49002
Lexington Green Park offers 2 pickleball courses along with access to a baseball/softball diamond, basketball courts, picnic shelters, and a nature trail connected to Davis Creek. This quaint option is the perfect spot for any pickleball player.
10. YMCA OF GREATER KALAMAZOO: PORTAGE BRANCH
2900 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024
Starting Monday, November 9th the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo: Portage Branch is offering drop in pickleball play. Court times will be available via the gym schedule on their website found here. If you don’t feel like taking on the cold weather, this is the perfection option for you to enjoy pickleball from inside. The YMCA’s of Greater Kalamazoo also have many other opportunities for you to take advantage of including a variety of fitness programs and amenities. For more information on becoming a member at one of our local YMCA’s click here.
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