Colorado's 1st Outdoor Pickleball Courts to Open This Fall in Arvada
Written by PickleBall.net
May 30, 2013
The more than 500 pickleball players who regularly gather at the Apex Center are going to have a new home. Monday marks the groundbreaking of Colorado's first-ever outdoor pickleball courts.
The project was the brainchild of "Pickleball Ken" Marquardt. Marquardt started playing pickleball in 2010, when the community started out with just eight players. Since then, the number of pickleballers has ballooned, outgrowing their current space at the Apex Center in Arvada. That's why the Jefferson County Open Space Advisory Committee designated $158,720 in January to help fund the new courts.
Additional funding was provided by ApexPRD and the Apex PRD Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting community recreation. The courts are slated for completion this fall.
The courts will be located at the Apex Simms Street Center at 11760 W. 82nd Ave.
Pickleball, a relatively new sport that was invented 50 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, is a combination of tennis, table tennis and badminton. It's drawing participation from an increasing number of baby boomers, who are drawn to the sport because of its lessened impact on joints.