After years of playing on modified tennis courts and the hockey rink, Anthem pickleballers can celebrate with the opening of 10 dedicated courts this Saturday.
Pickleball is a fast-growing sport likened to a cross between tennis and ping pong [How to Play]. The $826,000 lighted facility will be open to Anthem residents and their guests.
The facility is viewed by Anthem Community Council as an enhancement that helps keep Anthem competitive with other new master-planned communities, which often open with pickleball courts. The recently opened Union Park at Norterra, a much smaller master-planned community, also has pickleball courts. The City of Phoenix has several pickleball courts open to the public, including at Paseo Highlands Park, an outdoor facility, at 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, just west of I-17.
Court hours will be based on season and weather and may be modified by usage in the early going, according to ACC staff.
“We encourage residents to check the website or with the Community Center front desk after the grand opening, before heading out in the early morning hours to play,” said ACC spokesperson Kristi Northcutt.
Court rules will be the same as other Anthem facilities, Northcutt said. Reservations will be handled through the Community Center, either online or in person, she said, with reservation schedules posted daily in a kiosk at the courts. There will also be open-play times, reserved separately for youth open play and adult open play.
The printed Activity Guide recently mailed to residents indicated a possible opening date of Jan. 14. That’s been changed to Jan. 19, and details are in the online version of the guide.
Noon, Saturday, Jan. 19
Anthem Pickleball Courts
(southwest corner of community center parking lot)