Pickleball now available at Nealon Park and Kelly Park

by Contributed Content on December 10, 2021

Pickleball is a popular and fast-growing sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong into a lively experience for all ages and abilities. Played on a modified tennis court, pickleball is a fun outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy. By popular demand, Menlo Park now offers pickleball at Nealon Park and Kelly Park.

  • The City of Menlo Park has begun a three-month pilot program at Nealon Park (800 Middlefield Avenue) on court #5. The court is set aside for drop-in pickleball play from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and then shared with tennis from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. No key is needed to access the pickleball court.
  • Kelly Park (100 Terminal Ave.) has had a pilot program for about a year, open for drop-in visits.
  • Don’t know how to play? Learn the rules first.
  • No paddles? No problem. Pickleball paddles and balls are now available for checkout from Menlo Park Library at no charge. Request a pickleball set.

Photos of pickle ball players at Nealon Park by Robb Most (c) 2021

3 Comments

Gary T Brown December 10, 2021 at 9:44 pm

Amazing photos!

1. Menlo Park needs to be “progressive” and embrace that Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in … America. (Google it, Bob.)

2. Don’t debate. Grow a set and just sign off on the Nealon Park Pickleball courts. Then, “dedicate” (get the mayor out there) the “one court” at Nealon to Pickleball! No more sharing with the Tennis snobs. (Sorry, did I offend the thin-skinned?)) Then, do it right and spend a couple a bucks and erase the blue and white stripping!

3. If the the tennis players (future pickleball players) complain, remind them there are 15 tennis courts in Menlo Park. 15 ! ONE tennis court at Nealon provides 4 pickleball courts. Which leaves the “privileged” tennis players with … 14 courts. 14 courts!!

4. More food for thought. Remember, many moons ago, snow boarders invaded the ski slopes. The privileged skiers were outraged! Fast forward and they all share the ski slopes.

As a famous black man said back in 1992, “Can’t we all just get along.”

Harsh? Yup, but honest!

Alice Newton December 12, 2021 at 9:36 pm

Flood Park in Menlo Park could add Pickleball striping to the new tennis courts it will be making in the 2023 renovation of the park if people request it. There will be a public input meeting in February. Currently, there are four old tennis courts. The Plan calls for reducing to two. If you want Pickleball stripes and/or more than two courts go to the Reimagine Flood Park website to sign up for updates.

Alice Newton December 12, 2021 at 9:34 pm

Flood Park in Menlo Park could add Pickleball striping to the new tennis courts it will be making in the 2023 renovation of the park if people request it. There will be a public input meeting in February. Currently, there are four old tennis courts. The Plan calls for reducing to two. If you want Pickleball stripes and/or more than two courts go to the Reimagine Flood Park website to sign up for updates.

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