March 26, 2024

City Recreation to Offer New Pickleball Leagues

The Pickleball Courts at Wilson Park were completed last June, replacing the old tennis courts. The Pickleball Courts at Wilson Park were completed last June, replacing the old tennis courts. (City File Photo/Shoemaker)


RAPID CITY, SD—Last May, the City transformed the old tennis courts at Wilson Park to pickleball courts, responding to requests by the public to offer more venues to accommodate one of the nation’s increasingly-popular competitive and recreational activities.

                To build on that interest locally, the Rapid City Parks and Recreation Department is offering a new Pickleball League.  The eight-week season is scheduled to start June 2 at the Wilson Park Pickleball Courts with registration deadline set for May 27.  The Sunday Leagues will feature two divisions, a recreational division for beginners that are just learning the sport, and a competitive division.

                League play will feature coed teams, which can be male/female or female/female.  Games will start on Sundays at 2 p.m. and at the top of each hour afterwards.

                There will be an end-of-season double-elimination tournament after conclusion of the eight-week season.  Cost is $50 per team.

                “Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports and activities in the country,” said City Recreation Specialist Matt Brandhagen. “Every time I drive by the Pickleball Courts at Wilson Park, it is jammed packed with people.  So with some help form a group of pickleballers, we are going to start the Summer Pickleball League.

                “The new pickleball courts at Wilson Park offer a great venue and opportunity to provide some doubles action for players of all ages and experience levels.  It should be fun.”

                Sign up online at , at the Swim Center, 125 Waterloo Street; or at the Parks and Rec Office, 515 West Boulevard.  If you have questions, contact Matt Brandhagen at 605-415-0226 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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