Pickleball 

Pickleball

Pickleball is a fun racquet/paddle sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong.

  • Easy-to-learn game with simple rules for beginners
  • Fun for players of all ages and level of activity
  • Can turn into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players
  • Played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net
  • Played with a paddle and plastic, perforated ball
  • Singles or double

Drop-in Pickleball at the Recreation Center

  • Mon/Fri  5:00 - 8:00am
  • Tues/Wed/Thurs  12:00 - 2:30pm

Ages 6 and older only. Youth under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Limited to 4 people per court. All equipment provided. Set-up, break-down and sanitizing equipment after use is the responsibility of those playing.

Drop-in Pickleball at Prospect Park 

  • 7:00am - 10:00pm

With the opening of the Prospect Park Pickleball Courts, Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation is working to find the best possible drop-in system. Our first priority is to maximize participation and provide all players with equal access. Please know that as we work through our process, the system for drop-in play may evolve. 

For now, the process stands as follows: 

Players organize paddles (players) in the waiting queue.  When you arrive at the courts, you put simply place your paddle at the end of the paddle rack (far right side, under the “Paddle Stack Here” sign). If you are the first player to arrive, you will be playing first (along with 3 other paddles/players who also stack their paddles with yours.  Currently paddles will just be placed in the chain link fence (4 paddles in a vertical row, representing four players waiting for the next available court). When it’s your turn to play, you remove your paddle from the paddle row and head to the court. Make sure to have your name on your paddle, because if you don’t, bottlenecks will surely ensue as you won’t know whose paddle is next in line!

Games are played to 11.  First team to 11 wins and all four players exit the court.  Return your paddle to the end of the paddle stack (far right side of the row of paddles). In this way, you are back in the cue for future play.

Wheat Ridge Parks & Recreation does not currently have courts broken out by skill level. As we progress in our drop-in procedures this may or may not change.   While courts will be temporarily numbered (on the net posts) we are not currently designating any court for any specific level of play or for any particular order or reservations system.  All courts are to be treated equally and the first court to open should be taken by the next four players on the far left of the paddle stack, waiting to play.

Pickleball courts at Prospect Park are not available for rentals at this time.

Pickle Ball Court Lights 

  • There are six courts available, split into pairs for the purposes of court lighting  
  • Each pair of courts has a separate light control to illuminate that pair of court lights  
  • To activate the lights, simply press the light button nearest your court 
  • Once activated, the lights will remain on for 60 minutes 
  • Shortly before the lights go out, an indicator will flash, letting court users know that they will need to press the light button again if they wish to continue playing under the lights. 
  • The lights may be activated during a pre-determined period of time each day as managed by the Parks & Recreation Department.  Lights will not operate during daylight hours or after 10:00pm at night.

Drop-In Pickleball at Apel-Bacher Park

  • 7:00am - 10:00pm

The courts at Apel-Bacher are dual-use with tennis, and are not available for rentals at this time.

Pickleball Clinics

Pickleball clinics are offered bi-monthly on Fridays from 12-2:30pm at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center. These clinics are great for beginners and those looking to learn more about the sport! 

  • Registration required – R$5/NR$6
  • Equipment provided