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.

Open play social

Park City Pickleball Club is hosting a mixer/social for players at the 3.5 to 5.0 level on Friday, June 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Willow Creek Park.

Bring your own gear, a chair, and your own food and drink to join fellow club members for games and socializing. Participants are asked to practice social distancing, to place chairs 6 feet apart, and to not share food.

This event follows the social/mixer held earlier this week for players at the 2.5 to 3.0 level. Separate events were held in accordance with Summit County health guidelines limiting groups to 50 people or fewer.

To RSVP, email

For questions, text Debbie at 310-850-9554.

Skills sessions rewind

Did you miss any of the Park City Pickelball Club’s online Brown Bag Skills Sessions? Did you participate, but wish you could go back and review what you learned?

Either way, you’re in luck. The sessions were recorded, and can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Basic Dinking:

Drop Shots:

Return of Serve:

Return of Serve Strategy

Hard or lofty? Topspin or backspin? These questions and more will be addressed in “Return of Serve Strategy,” a Brown Bag Skills Session planned for Tuesday, April 21 at noon on Zoom.

Presented by Park City Pickleball Club, the event will offer an interactive discussion focused on what the pros do.

To join the Zoom meeting, click the link:

Meeting ID: 920 417 4666
Password: 851926