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Pickleball in ​BEND

Pickleball is the fastest growing racquet sport not only in the country, but also in Central Oregon. Started in 1965 on Bainbridge Island WA, Pickleball almost lay dormant until a few years ago. Now Pickleball has moved out of the RV and retirement communities and, while still very popular amongst the baby boomers, the sport is attracting younger generations.

The Sports and Fitness Association estimated the number of players in 2010 at just over 100,000, in 2016 estimates are at almost 3,000,000 players. The United States Pickleball Association (USAPA)  announced that in 2015 every month 76 new places opened up for Pickleball play. Membership in USAPA has increased by 63% in 2016. USAPA will roll out a website dedicated to junior players, complete with a separate logo and social media component, and a school-based program is also in the works for 2017.

The fast growing International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association ​has over 100 Certified Coaches and 12 of them reside in Oregon.

The Bend Pickleball Club will be host to the Professional Pickleball Federation (PPF)​ in August of 2017. The best players from all over the country will compete in this major tournament on the Pro Tour.

Pine Nursery Image.jpgCourts at Pine Nursery, Bend

When I moved to Bend in 2012 there were very few places to play Pickleball in Central Oregon. The Bend Pickleball Club (BPC), had no courts and we had to sneak on to tennis courts, tape the lines and bring our portable nets. We lobbied Bend Park and Rec who gave us the land and offered to pay 50% of the cost to build courts. BPC had to raise the other 50% and within 4 months we raised a $100,000. In one year we went from 84 members and no courts, to 350 members and 8 dedicated Pickleball courts at Pine Nursery Park. The new courts became a big hit with BPC members as well as the community. The weekly Pickleball classes offered by Bend Park & Rec for beginners and intermediate players sold out instantly . Within a year we saw the need for more courts and now Pine Nursery Park is home to 16 dedicated world class courts….surely the best facility in the Pacific NW.

Visit Bend brought the Oregon Senior Games to Bend and tournament players raved about the facility. Over the last 4 years Big Country RV has sponsored BPC’s tournament, the largest tournament by far in Central Oregon.

Central Oregon has over 2,500 pickleball players from La Pine in the South to Prineville in the North. While there are lots of places to play outdoors, there are very limited indoor facilities. Most indoor arenas are dual purpose facilities and either have bad lighting or a shiny floor…or both.

With the creation of the Pickleball Zone we are able to offer the Central Oregon Pickleballers a dedicated world class indoor facility. ​

We hope you will join us. (Charter Membership form)