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Pickleball in Steiner Ranch

The pickleball craze across America has been truly remarkable in recent years. What started as a niche sport primarily played by retirees in retirement communities has now exploded into a nationwide phenomenon embraced by people of all ages and backgrounds.

Pickleball facilities and courts are popping up all over the Austin area and it’s no surprise a vibrant community like Steiner Ranch with active residents of all ages have jumped full force on the pickleball bandwagon!

The addition of pickleball courts to neighborhoods reflects the growing popularity and demand for this sport across America. There are several reasons why neighborhoods are adding pickleball courts:

Community Engagement: Pickleball courts provide a space for residents to come together, socialize, and engage in physical activity. They foster a sense of community and belonging, as neighbors of all ages can gather to play and enjoy each other’s company.

Health and Wellness: Neighborhoods are recognizing the importance of promoting an active lifestyle among residents. Pickleball offers a fun and accessible way for people to stay active and improve their health without the need for expensive equipment or extensive training.

Property Value: Amenities such as pickleball courts can enhance the appeal and desirability of a neighborhood. Properties located near recreational facilities often command higher prices and attract more prospective buyers, contributing to overall property value.

Multi-Generational Appeal: Pickleball is a sport that appeals to people of all ages, from children to seniors. By adding pickleball courts to neighborhoods, communities can cater to a diverse range of residents and create opportunities for intergenerational interaction and play.

Utilization of Space: Pickleball courts can be built in relatively small areas, making them suitable for installation in neighborhoods with limited space. They can be incorporated into existing parks, recreation areas, or unused land, maximizing the use of available space.

Trends and Demand: With the increasing popularity of pickleball nationwide, neighborhoods are responding to the demand from residents who are eager to play the sport closer to home. By adding pickleball courts, neighborhoods can stay current with recreational trends and provide amenities that meet the needs and interests of their residents.

Recently there have been requests by Steiner Ranch residents to convert some of the tennis courts into pickleball courts. Tennis courts are often repurposed for pickleball because they already have a similar layout and dimensions, making the conversion process relatively straightforward.

Here’s how the conversion typically works:

Court Markings: Pickleball courts are smaller than tennis courts, so the existing tennis court is usually divided into multiple pickleball courts. This involves painting new lines on the surface to mark the boundaries of each pickleball court.

Nets and Posts: Tennis nets are higher than pickleball nets, so new pickleball nets and posts need to be installed at the appropriate height. These are placed in the center of each court.

Additional Equipment: Pickleball courts require additional equipment such as portable nets, paddles, and balls. These can be purchased and provided by the facility or the players themselves.

Surface Maintenance: Depending on the condition of the tennis court surface, it may require some maintenance or resurfacing to ensure it’s suitable for pickleball play.

Community Engagement: It’s important to engage with the community, especially tennis players, to gather input and support for the conversion of some of the courts. Many tennis players also enjoy pickleball, so converting courts can benefit both sports.

The addition of pickleball courts to Steiner Ranch would reflect a proactive approach to community enrichment. These courts would not only provide residents with a convenient and accessible outlet for physical activity but also serve as focal points for social interaction and neighborhood engagement. By embracing the pickleball craze, Steiner Ranch will demonstrate its commitment to promoting an active lifestyle and fostering a strong sense of community among its residents of all ages.

Currently, 2 of the community centers, Bella Bar and John Simpson, have courts with pickleball lines. Courts can be reserved here.

Elicia Michaud

Elicia Michaud

Broker AssociateCLHMS, CNE, SRS, ABR, CRS, e-Pro, PSA