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Where to Play Pickleball in the Northwest

Where to Play Pickleball in the Northwest

  • The Northwest, the very birthplace of pickleball, beckons with a wealth of courts catering to every skill level. We've curated a list of some of the Northwest's hidden gems (or well-known favorites) for pickleball – keep reading to discover your ideal court!

There’s always something to do in the Northwest. Whether you prefer exploring some of its bustling cities or enjoying outdoor adventures in the picturesque landscape, it’s easy to fill your time in Washington, Idaho, Montana, or Oregon

There’s also no shortage of places to play pickleball, especially since the beloved sport was invented in Washington. From pickleball courts nestled in public parks to state-of-the-art venues filled with features pickleball enthusiasts will love, there are plenty of spots to find a competitive match in the Northwest. Here are just a few of our favorite parks and venues for pickleball in the Northwest.

3 Northwest Parks Where You Can Play Pickleball

Are you looking for a competitive game with other local pickleball fans? Head to one of these local parks during open play, hop into the playing rotation, and get ready to meet some new pickleball pals!

The Founders Courts at Battle Point Park in Bainbridge Island, Washington

Every pickleball player should have a visit to Bainbridge Island on their bucket list. After all, it’s where Joel Pritchard, Bill Bell, and Barney McCallum invented the game in 1965! The Founders Courts at Battle Point Park are free and open to the public, so they’re well worth the visit, whether you’re a tourist or a local. 

Green Lake Park in Seattle, Washington

The Green Lake East courts are always bustling with pickleball players, thanks to an informal group called Green Lake Pickleball. This group rents courts for open play and helps organize the pickleball scene.

While you’re here, spend some time exploring the rest of the park, which serves as a natural preserve. There’s a lake with scenic walking trails and plenty of green space for a picnic lunch or post-match lounging.

Pine Nursery Park in Bend, Oregon

This gorgeous 159-acre community park features 16 pickleball courts, as well as an active pickleball club. The Bend Pickleball Club reserves some of the courts each day, and members receive priority access. If you’re local to the area, perks like court access and low-cost events make membership worthwhile for Bend locals. If you aren’t a member, don’t worry – several courts are still open to the public daily for drop-in play, and all the courts are available during evening hours.

3 Northwest Venues Where You Can Play Pickleball

As pickleball becomes more popular, private venues are opening throughout the Northwest. Here are three spots we recommend checking out. 

The Flying Pickle in Meridian, Idaho

This pickleball venue is just 15 minutes from Boise and has everything you need to take your game to the next level. Designed by pickleball pros Susannah Barr and Nick Peterson, the facility was built with the serious pickleball player in mind. It even features PlaySight integration so you can examine your play from a new perspective. 

You can also play here year-round. It’s the largest indoor pickleball facility in Idaho and features 18 courts. After your match, head to The Kitchen, the venue’s restaurant, for a coffee or craft cocktail with your playing partners. 

The People’s Courts in Portland, Oregon

Looking for a venue your entire group can enjoy, whether they play pickleball or not? The People’s Courts are perfect for a fun afternoon with family and friends. There are five indoor courts and six outdoor courts for pickleball, including a few twists like “skinny singles” courts and a “dinkum” court. 

The venue also offers games like bocce, cornhole, disc golf, ping pong, and an arcade, as well as several dining options. When you need to refuel, check out The Kitchen for burgers or head to The Parlor for a slice of pizza or scoop of ice cream. 

Two Rivers Pickleball Club, Bigfork, Montana

This pickleball club opened in 2021 and has served Bigfork locals and visitors ever since. The venue constantly hosts tournaments, camps, clinics, and social events on its four indoor and six outdoor courts. 

There are also plenty of opportunities to connect with other pickleball players, whether you are local or a tourist. Hang out in one of the two member lounges or chat with other players at The Third Shot Bar after your match to truly make the most of your visit. 

Where Will You Play Your Next Pickleball Match?

Whether you’re a local or a tourist, these pickleball locations are the perfect spot to find your next match. If you’re local to the Northwest or just visiting, grab your pickleball bag and hit the courts. Let us know which park or venue you decide to visit first!

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