On May 17th about 200 enthusiastic pickleball players showed by to listen to Mayor Mitchell announce 8 brand new Tempe Pickleball Courts were now open.
The grand Opening celebration included free instruction for kids and adults, an exhibition match by local 5.0 players, a prize court where over $400 in prizes were given out and a wheelchair exhibition match.
Mayor Mitchell also stayed to play for about 2 hours, it was his first time playing pickleball.
The project was two years in the making thanks, in large part, to Chris Kamper a Tempe resident. Chris wrote letters to the mayor and city council to consider adding courts as the sport continued to grow and the need for additional public courts was high.
Chandler, Mesa and Phoenix already had outdoor public courts so it was important to Tempe to also be consider as a home for pickleball.
Except the city wanted to be different in their design and added 2 wheelchair adaptive courts and bleachers for spectators.
The wheel chair adaptive courts have the same playing area as any other pickleball court with the exception of longer and wider run offs for players to maneuver easier.
The courts meet all ADA requirements, with ramps, parking sidewalk widths and entrances for players.
In all, the Tempe courts boosts 8 courts in total, play is free and open to the public and the courts are open 6am to 10pm.
The courts are located at 8403 S. Hardy (north of Warner) Reservations are not required to play.