Release Date: October 27,2020

Mayor Horrigan Dedicates Akron’s First Pickleball Courts at Waters Park

Akron, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2020 — Today, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan dedicated six new pickleball courts at Waters Park (169 E. Glenwood Ave). Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America, especially for active seniors. These new additions are the first pickleball courts in Akron. A representative from the US Pickleball Association was on hand to help dedicate the courts.

“Pickleball is easy to learn and gives players a chance to exercise while also being social,” said Mayor Horrigan. “It's a fun sport for all ages but especially for our active seniors who have already started to take advantage of our new courts. I'd like to thank the local representation from the US Pickleball Association, for their advocacy in helping to create this new space in Akron. I know these courts will be utilized for many years to come.  I'm excited to provide another recreational asset for our residents.”

Pickleball, which was invented in 1965 in the US, combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It can be played both indoors or outdoors and is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. It can be played as doubles or singles. To learn more about pickleball and how to play, please check out usapickleball.org.

The courts are open from 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. every day, weather permitting. For any questions about the courts, please contact City of Akron Sports and Athletics Coordinator, Melvin Blake at 330-375-2855 or MBlake@akronohio.gov.