Pickleball at Bessemer Park ….Hosted by Margaret Gilkey and Sharon Lewis

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Just WHAT IS Pickleball, you ask???
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing Sports in America today. Almost anywhere you turn, across the country, more & more people are playing; all age groups are getting involved and indeed having loads of fun. Whether playing for a great cardio workout, as an attempt to stay in shape, or to compete against others in age-level or skill-level tournaments and such, the game of pickleball can help you stay active and healthy while providing endless hours of social entertainment, fun, and enjoyment. You can learn even more about this amazing sport by following the various video links below…
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…it’s NOT whether you win or lose, it’s HOW YOU play the game!

1.  A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

2.  Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net.

3.  Played with a paddle and a plastic ball.

The Court
A pickleball court is the same size as a doubles badminton court and measures 20×44 feet. In pickleball, the same court is used for both singles and doubles play. The net height is 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches in the middle. The court is striped similar to a tennis court with right and left service courts and a 7-foot non-volley zone in front of the net (referred to as the “kitchen”). Courts can be constructed specifically for pickleball or they can be converted using existing tennis or badminton courts.

When playing pickleball, each player will need a pickleball paddle, which is smaller than a tennis racquet but larger than a ping-pong paddle. Originally, paddles were made only from wood, however today’s paddles have evolved dramatically and are primarily made of lightweight composite materials, including aluminum and graphite. Players will also need a net and a pickleball. The ball itself is unique, with holes through it like a wiffleball and there are different ball models intended for indoor and outdoor play. The ball travels at 1/3 the speed of a tennis ball and is usually white or yellow in color. New bright color balls are also gaining in popularity.


Come Out and Play Pickleball

Free Every

Tuesday: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


We provide Court and Paddles there are no fees.

Dress comfortable and gym shoes

For further information contact

312- 747-6023

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