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Published March 24, 2023

The Largest Pickleball Installation in the Northeast is Coming to Central Park

America's fastest-growing sport will take over Wollman Rink this spring.

by New York Bucket List


Pickleball, the sports craze that has taken America by storm in recent years, is coming to Central Park this spring. Set to open on April 7 at Wollman Rink, the installation will be the largest in the Northeast, with 14 courts available for players between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm. Players can register to reserve a court starting March 31.

By now, you’ve probably heard all about the fun and fast-paced sport that gained traction during the pandemic and continues to grow in popularity throughout the country. The paddle sport combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong and is played with a paddle and a plastic ball on a court similar in size to a badminton court. Pickleball is easy to learn, making it a popular choice for people of all ages and skill levels.

While a few courts have popped up in neighborhoods like the West Village and Hudson Yards, many pickleball enthusiasts have been forced to play on open basketball courts or scraps of pavement, bringing their own nets with them or creating makeshift ones. The addition of pickleball to Wollman Rink will provide New Yorkers with a professional court featuring an acrylic surface and plenty of playing room.

CityPickle, the organization behind the new installation, says there will be options for lessons, clinics, open play, leagues, tournaments, and opportunities for beginners and advanced players to learn the ropes of pickleball. A typical game lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, and players can schedule a court in advance for about $80 to $120 an hour, depending on times. The courts will be open to the public daily through October 9.

Whether you’re a seasoned pickleballer or looking to see what the hype is all about, the installation at Central Park’s Wollman Rink will make the sport more accessible for all New Yorkers. CityPickle is also planning to open an indoor location in Long Island City, scheduled to open this spring. It will be the city’s first permanent pickleball installation.


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