This summer, the Wollman Rink in Central Park will be turned into a pickleball court.
Pickleball (a mix of badminton, tennis and table tennis) is America's fastest growing sport, taking over the venues in the West Village and Hall Kitchen over the past year. And this summer, he will even take the Wollman Rink in Central Park to be converted for pickleball. This field will be the largest pickleball venue in New York City. Gothamist.
CityPickle, the city's first indoor pickleball club, announced that they would occupy Wollman Rink from April 7 to October 9. They say it will be the largest pickleball ground in the Northeast. There will be 14 courts, each of which can accommodate four to eight people. The site will be open daily from 7:00 to 21:00.
There will be lessons, open games, leagues and tournaments. The site is suitable for both beginners and experienced players. It can also be booked for birthday parties or team building events.
In a statement, New York City Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue says pickleball has become popular during the pandemic. And its popularity continues to grow thanks to its low entry bar.
“It's a fun, fast-paced sport that's easy to learn. It is available to players of all ages and abilities,” she said. “We are thrilled to have pickleball at the Wollman Rink in Central Park. After all, this is an iconic place where both New Yorkers and tourists strive to go.”
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Site conditions at Wollman Rink
A full court rental will cost between $80 and $120 per hour, depending on the time of day. Each individual game lasts about 10-15 minutes. CityPickle partners with various local organizations including the Athletes with Disabilities Foundation, YMCA of Greater New York, Solutions Now and Fountain House.
CityPickle will also open its first permanent pickleball location this spring in Long Island City. Previously, last fall, they organized seasonal venues at Hudson Yards and the TWA Hotel.