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 parkcitypickleballclub@gmail.com.

  • 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 sydney@basinrecreation.org 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 Livepickleball.com, 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.

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.

Community support in Coronavirus crisis

A message from Park City Pickleball Club President Greg Leitzke:

I know these are challenging times, and everyone wishes the world would go back to normal and we could go outside and play pickleball. I hope everyone is heeding the advise of the local government authorities, and staying home until this crisis is over.

At this time, the club feels that we can play an important role supporting each other as we move through this crisis. People may need help with simple things like how to work IT issues from home, how to order online groceries, and other home projects. Unfortunately, they might need other help like getting groceries, making a home-cooked meal, or even being taken to the hospital. We are asking for your HELP to make sure everyone is able to cope with this crisis.

Do you have a skill or ability that you would be able to provide? IT, transportation, health, fitness, travel, or any skill that someone trapped indoors would really need? Please reply and let me know you would be willing to help someone in need, and I will coordinate a list to ensure everybody in the club has the support they may need. I know we can get through this if we work together.

Also,

ZOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ZOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ZOOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES, the club has purchased the web-based Zoom video conferencing platform to help us stay connected while we are all stuck at home.

We hope to provide virtual online activities for you to participate in at no cost to club members. Here are a few examples:

  • Virtual Morning Pickleball Exercises Classes
  • Online Clinics and Drills
  • Professional Pickleball Instruction and Coaching
  • Virtual Movie Nights
  • Virtual Book Club
  • Virtual Cocktail Party

These are just a few of our ideas, and if you have more, let us know. We hope it will give you some activities to do while also enjoying the company of the club. We are also really looking for people who would be willing to volunteer to host one of these events, so if you are interested, please let me know.

Our first scheduled online meeting is Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. We will cover how we plan to coordinate these activities, and how you can help. I’ll be sending you an invitation and instructions on how to join later today. We hope everyone can attend.

Thanks again for supporting the Park City Pickleball Club and its members through these tough times. We hope you participate in these in online events until we can get back on the courts. Stay safe, and stay well.

Greg

President’s message

Welcome to 2020, and thank you for joining the Park City Pickleball Club.

We look forward to providing an exciting array of events and activities.

Potluck socials, recreational round robins and competitive tournaments are all in the planning stages, and we can’t wait to get you involved.

Let’s toast the new year, and the first year of our club. Here’s to  friendship and fun on the courts.

– Greg Leitzke,

PCPC President