If you are looking to play a sport that is good exercise and easy to learn, pickleball may be the answer! The Peoria Park District provides a variety of indoor and outdoor opportunities to learn and play the game. Plus, pickleball is a great social outlet! Pickleball is offered at Charter Oak Park, Franciscan Recreation Center, Lakeview Recreation Center, Owens Recreation Center (summer months only) and RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center.
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing exercise social outlets for the active 50+ generation. If you are an active man or woman, age 50 plus, who would like to play a sport that provides a great workout –but doesn’t require athletic skill or the fitness of a 20 year old, you should join the Pickleball Revolution! Pickleball isn’t just a senior sport… it provides opportunities to exercise and socialize all at the same time!
Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. It is played on an indoor or outdoor court that is approximately half the size of a tennis court. Equipment consists of a wooden paddle (like a ping pong paddle but with a larger head), a polymer wiffle ball (moves at one-third the speed of a tennis ball), and a net that sits four inches lower than a tennis net. The smaller area combined with the slower moving ball makes pickleball much easier to play (and is supposedly much easier on the knees) than tennis.
Click here for the Pickleball Open Gym Schedule.
Click here to learn more about the Charter Oak Park Pickleball/Tennis schedules and court rules.