Tournaments planned

The Park City Pickleball Club is planning three tournaments for 2021. While the dates are still tentative, one thing is certain: We’ll need our members’ help to make it happen.
Here’s a quick look at the schedule, which is subject to change:
Memorial Day 2021 / Club Members Only
Event:  Round Robin / Men’s / Women’s / Mixed
Date: Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31
Time:  8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Willow Creek Park
Cost: TBD / Maybe $30 per person (includes 2 events)
Fourth of July 2021 / Club Members Only
Event: Round Robin / Men’s / Women’s / Mixed
Date: Monday, July 5 and Tuesday, July 6
Time: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Willow Creek Park
Cost: TBD / Maybe $30 per person (includes 2 events)
1st Annual Park City Summer Classic / Open to the Public
Event: Round Robin / Men’s / Women’s / Mixed
Dates: Aug. 12-14
Times: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Locations: TBD (Willow Creek and/or MARC)
Cost: TBD / Maybe $40 plus $10 per event
Please note the following:

  1. All tournaments, whether club-only or open, will have a fee associated with them.  
  2. Tournaments will have new medals, shirts for all participants, and will be coordinated with the city and/or county to keep the locations centralized and allow for proper completion of events.
  3. The main reason for charging fees for the tournaments is to start raising a capital fund for a new pickleball facility in the next few years. The goal for the August tournament is to raise over $10,000 for the project.

We are looking for many of our club members to help us put these events on. A few of the roles we would need filled are:
Tournament Committee members
Tournament directors
Event coordinators
Court crew
All of you have the ability to help us make this happen.  If you would be willing to help out and serve on a committee to start putting these items together, please send me an email at Remember, the goal is to continue to raise funds to build a pickleball complex that will serve our community well for years to come. With everyone’s help, we can make this happen in the near future.
Thanks again for all of your support, and we’ll keep you updated as we move forward on these exciting events.
Greg Leitzke, President
Park City Pickleball Club

Planning committee

A major goal for Park City Pickleball Club is to build a dedicated pickleball facility in Summit County.
As the first step in this process, we are forming a committee that will be responsible for planning the organization, development and funding of the pickleball complex. The challenge is difficult, and it will take some great people to make this happen. It will most likely require a one- to three-year commitment, but the finished product will be well worth the effort.
Who would like to serve on this committee? If you are willing to help, please send an email to

  • Greg Leitzke, PCPC President

MARC resumes doubles play

Doubles play is allowed again at PC MARC – but only if masks are worn during play. “Masks are now required anytime (including playing/exercising) when 6-feet social distancing cannot be maintained,” explained Recreation Coordinator Cole Johnston. “Because we cannot guarantee 6 feet of social distance during doubles play, doubles will be required to wear masks at all times.”

Singles play is still available. All courts must be reserved in advance. Pickleball Skillz n’ Drillz Clinics and Pickleball Monthly Clinics have both resumed under the mask requirement.

The PC Pickleball Club’s organized Saturday play in the Bubble has been postponed until Jan. 9, and round robins remain on hold for now.

Pickleball to resume at Basin

Basin Recreation plans to resume all pickleball-related activities on Nov. 30. However, given the current COVID-19 numbers and high transmission level, face coverings will be required in the Fieldhouse at all times. This requirement applies to all programming, fitness classes and exercise. Recreation and Aquatics Coordinator Sydney Bull said that Basin Rec will continue to monitor the situation daily and adjust when prudent. Those with questions and concerns about membership are asked to call Matt Strader at (435) 655-0999 ext. 14. 

To control capacity, drop-in pickleball will be by reservation only starting Nov. 30. The Fieldhouse pickleball courts are limited to 12 people for 90-minute blocks. Reservations can be made one week in advance with no fee associated if you have a Fieldhouse facility membership and active Mindbody account. If you are interested in purchasing a daily drop-in pass, contact The Fieldhouse front desk to reserve your spot at (435) 655-0999. All pickleball clinics and socials will still require registration through Basin Rec’s recreation software, DASH online.

Please wear your face coverings at all times inside of the facility and during pickleball play.

If you have any questions, please contact the Fieldhouse front desk or Sydney Bull at or 435-655-0999 ext.16.

Planning for growth

Presentations at Park City Pickleball Club’s annual membership meeting covered a variety of areas, including:

  • Development – Plans to build a dedicated pickleball complex in Park City involve public/private partnership and a dedicated fund.
  • Management – With, club members will be able to reserve courts, pay dues and sign up for events.
  • Merchandise – The PCPC logo is a prominent feature on hats, shirts and other items soon to be available for purchase.

Click here to view the full PowerPoint presentation.

Indoor pickleball postponed

Last night, the governor of Utah asked everyone to refrain from social activities with anyone other than immediate family for the next two weeks. As the pickleball club in Park City, we want to support his request, both because it is the right thing to do and because it will protect the health and safety of our members.

Both the Park City MARC and Basin Recreation have canceled indoor open play for the next two weeks.

If you have signed up for next Saturday’s open-play times from 1-5 p.m. at the MARC, please note that Debbie will be refunding your money. Look for your credit in Venmo.

The MARC’s statement: “In accordance with Governor Herbert’s Executive Order No. 2020-73, effective at 1 pm on November 9th 2020, Park City Recreation has suspended all youth and adult recreation programming, including group fitness classes, effective immediately until further notice. The PC MARC will remain open for individual workouts, private tennis and pickleball lessons, and singles tennis and pickleball play.”

Basin Recreation’s statement: Consistent with, and in furtherance of, Governor Herbert’s Executive Order No. 2020-73, Basin Recreation will postpone all youth, adult, and senior recreation programming and cancel fitness classes effective immediately through Sunday, November 29. We intend to resume those programs on November 30 if permitted to do so under state and local orders.”

Let’s hope we will be back to normal play in two weeks.

Annual meeting

Mark your calendar: It’s almost time for the Park City Pickleball Club’s annual membership meeting. All members will receive a Zoom invitation for the event, which is planned for Monday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

This annual meeting is mandated in the club bylaws. The meeting agenda, designed to highlight our 2020 goals and accomplishments, is as follows:

  • Review of 2020
  • Club status update
  • Elections of president and secretary
  • Club membership system
  • Winter play update
  • Planning for 2021

The elections are according to our bylaws, which stipulate that two board positions are up for election each year. This year it will be president and secretary, and next year it will be vice president and treasurer. They are all two-year terms, although the first slate of board members has served only one year at this point. Both Doris and I are willing to serve another term, but nominations for other people to serve in these capacities will be accepted and a vote will be taken at the meeting.

I hope you are able to join us for this meeting. Be sure to have your favorite beverage on hand, and be ready to provide feedback. Here’s to wishing for a different meeting in 2021 – perhaps with a hall, a full bar, music, dancing, maybe pickleball, and life back to normal! Hope to see all of you on Zoom!

– Greg Leitzke, PCPC president

Founding members fund bench

An engraved stone bench now graces the pickleball courts at Willow Creek Park. Funded by the contributions of Park City Pickleball Club’s founding members, the bench pays tribute to those who turned the wish for improved, expanded pickleball courts into reality.

The inscription reads: “Dedicated to Melina Nicolatus and the John C. Kish Foundation for their generous contribution to the Willow Creek Pickleball Courts. Special thanks to USAP Ambassador Kathy Pederson.”

It was Pederson who sought out a donor to provide the funds needed for the project. She ultimately secured a generous donation of $57,000 from her good friend Melina Nicolatus, a trustee of the Kish Foundation.

“Without the John C. Kish Foundation, none of this would’ve been possible at this time,” Basin Rec’s recreation director told the Park Record last year. “We really want the Basin Recreation community to understand what a donation of this magnitude means to not just us, but them as well.”
The John C. Kish Foundation, based in Henderson, NV, specializes in helping organizations involved in health, animal welfare, education and performing arts.
A dedication ceremony for the bench is planned for Saturday, Oct. 31.