Twin traces to be added in any respect public outside racquet sports activities courts as short-term resolution to help native development of pickleball and tennis

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Asheville Parks & Recreation (APR) announced today that all public hard surface tennis courts maintained by the City of Asheville will be dual tracked and converted to shared courts to support the local growth of pickleball and tennis. This plan preserves APR’s inventory of 11 public tennis courts and increases the number of public pickleball courts from 12 to 22. Aston Park Tennis CenterThe 12 low-cost outdoor clay courts are not affected by this decision, nor are the six low-cost indoor pickleball courts at the Linwood Crump Shiloh and Stephens-Lee Community Centers.

“After months of discussions with local pickleball and tennis officials — as well as recording comments from other players in the community — we have developed an equitable short-term solution to the extraordinary local growth of both sports,” said D. Tyrell McGirt, APR Director. “By adding two lines to all of Asheville’s existing public tennis courts and implementing a structured game schedule, we are following the lead of other recreational professionals in communities across the country to both support popular racquet sports and minimize user conflict. We’re not removing tennis courts, and the total number of pickleball courts lined will nearly double in a matter of weeks.”

The addition of dual lines, also known as shared lines or mixed strips, is expected to begin in early 2023 and take 4-6 weeks, subject to contractor availability. Upon completion, the tennis court dimensions will remain white and the pickleball court dimensions will remain light blue. Two pickleball courts and one tennis court fit on each multipurpose court. Existing tennis nets and posts will remain on all courts. Pickleball players will still need to set up their own portable nets, but APR expects to add semi-permanent pickleball nets in some locations and/or test a system where nets can be checked out in the near future.

After this update, APR will implement an alternate sharing schedule with dedicated times for each sport. Wayne Simmons, APR Program and Operations Manager for Athletics and Recreation, shared a draft of the proposed schedule with pickleball and tennis players at a Nov. 9 meeting with plans for a final schedule to be released on courts and online at least four weeks in advance will come into effect.

Since 2016, when APR brought the area’s first public outdoor pickleball courts, there have been double lines at a few shared courts in parks across the city. APR’s first indoor pickleball courts debuted at Stephens-Lee and Linwood Crump Shiloh community centers in 2012 and 2014, respectively. These six low-cost indoor courts (25 visits are only $20) are added to the 22 outdoor courts, bringing APR’s total number of public pickleball courts to 28.

Aston Park Tennis Center courts are available April 1 through November 30 with Asheville resident season tickets ranging from $149.50 for an individual to $299.50 for a family. In conjunction with the 11 hard courts, members of the Asheville community will continue to have access to 23 free or low-cost public tennis courts.

For more information see Project page of APR.

where to play

  • Kenilworth Park, 79 Wyoming Rd.
  • Malvern Hill Park, 75 Rumbough Pl.
  • Montford Park, 345 Montford Ave.
  • Murphy-Oakley Park, 715 Fairview Rd.
  • Weber Park, 430 Merrimon Ave.

*After adding two lines, each park listed will host two shared courts (two tennis, four pickleball), with the exception of Murphy-Oakley Park, which will host three shared courts (three tennis, six pickleball).

Asheville Parks & Recreation

founded in 1956, Asheville Parks & Recreationn manages a unique collection of more than 65 public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces across the city in a system that also includes fully-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, the Riverside Cemetery, athletic fields and fields, and community centers that offer a variety of wellness, Educational and cultural programs for Ashevilians of all ages. With 10 miles of paved greenways and numerous natural surface trails, its complete portfolio acts as the foundation of a vibrant center for Asheville residents to connect with their neighbors and explore the natural beauty of a livable and walkable city.

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