La Cañada Flintridge, CA – The City of La Cañada Flintridge is excited to kick-off the City’s first-ever pilot pickleball program in Glenhaven Park on June 21 to bring opportunity for yet another recreational sport residents can play.

Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis and is usually played on a badminton-size court with a slightly modified tennis net. To initiate the pilot program, the City will draw two pickleball court lines over the existing tennis courts in Glenhaven Park to transform it into a mixed-use court for tennis or pickleball.

“The City of La Canada Flintridge is thrilled to be able to provide our residents another sport they can play without leaving the City,” said City of La Cañada Flintridge Mayor Michael T. Davitt. “Our various parks, athletic fields and courts are great spaces where families or individuals can kick around a ball, practice their tennis swing or just get some fresh air. We hope they take advantage of this pilot program and try out pickleball!”

Four days a week, a volunteer group will set up portable pickleball nets on the court during the established pickleball hours, without hindering tennis play. Residents will be able to play pickleball during the following hours:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no new games at/after 12:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday: 2 to 6 p.m. (no new games at/after 5:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no new games at/after 12:30 p.m.)
  • Thursday: 2 to 6 p.m. (no new games at/after 5:30 p.m.)

The pilot program was approved after resident pickleball players requested the Parks and Recreation Commission introduce a public pickleball court in La Cañada Flintridge in 2018. After the Commission conducted numerous meetings to determine the feasibility of bringing pickleball to the City, the City Council approved a two-month pilot program and a professional sound study to be conducted during the program.

Throughout the duration of the pilot program, the City will assess four different areas — court/park use, parking, sound impact and park impact — to determine the feasibility of bringing pickleball to La Cañada Flintridge on a more permanent basis. The study will analyze enforcement of hours, increased park maintenance and any other issues that may surface because of the mixed-use court.

After the pilot, the City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission will hear the study’s findings on the impact of a permanent mixed-use court in Glenhaven Park for further evaluation.

To learn more about the City’s Pickleball Pilot program, visit CityofLCF.org/Pickleball-Pilot-Program.