Tennis courts

Alexandria is looking to turn more tennis courts into multi-purpose pickleball courts

Alexandria planners want the community to know where to add pickleball courts alongside the city’s existing outdoor tennis courts. “The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities has requested additional funding in fiscal year 2022 to provide infrastructure and court markings to provide more pickleball courts and improve the level of play of pickleball users,” the city said.

Alexandria planners want the community to know where to add pickleball courts alongside the existing outdoor tennis courts in the city of Virginia.

The Parks and Recreation Commission will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Feb. 17, where residents can offer their thoughts on how officials will spend $20,000 budgeted for the pickleball facility expansion.



“The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities has requested additional funding in fiscal year 2022 to provide infrastructure and court markings to provide more pickleball courts and improve the level of play of pickleball users,” the city said in a press release.

The commission successfully requested the funding in this year’s budget proposal, noting that “pickleball has grown in popularity over the past few years.”

The Lee Center and Mount Vernon tennis courts have already undergone the conversion, which involves the addition of movable nets with new lines for the sport. The new multipurpose courts can then be used as tennis or pickleball facilities.

With funding already allocated, city officials are now turning to the public to find out which tennis courts should be next.

According to a report, the following courts are candidates:

  • Armistead L Boothe Park (four pickleball courts);
  • Chambliss Park (four pickleball courts);
  • Chinquapin Park (five pickleball courts);
  • Eugene Simpson Stadium Park (four pickleball courts);
  • Lee Center (four other pickleball courts).

Residents can join a virtual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday via Zoom.

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