Survey: action required

The Park City Pickleball Club has been working closely with the MARC on both indoor and outdoor court development. Park City Recreation is convinced we need dedicated indoor courts and an additional outdoor court complex. It is seeking funding to build six dedicated indoor courts at the MARC and a new complex at Quinn’s Junction.

As part of that process, Park City Recreation is conducting a survey to help prioritize the need for more pickleball facilities among other recreational offerings. The goal of the survey is to capture the “voice of the community” for City Council.

It is critical that the Park City pickleball community complete this survey. Please have each member of your household complete it, and pass it along to any friends and family members who are interested in more pickleball options in Park City.

To access the survey, click HERE.

PC Pickleball Club on TV

Park City Television

Check out Park City Pickleball Club President Greg Leitzke’s recent appearance on Park City Television. In an interview with PCTV Mountain Connections Host Christine Napier, Leitzke discusses the club’s growth, the need for more courts and the proposed pickleball-related changes to the city’s Land Management Code.

Ordinances proposed

Photo by John Beagle

Park City Municipal staff are seeking public input on pickleball-related changes to the city’s Land Management Code. The proposed changes would regulate how pickleball courts can be built and used at private residences.

Members of the public are invited to learn more and voice their opinions at two Pickleball Virtual Open House events, to be held Monday, Feb. 7 from 5 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 8 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Zoom links to the virtual events can be found at ParkCity.org. Items to discuss include limits on play hours, noise mitigation requirements, and HOA approval requirements.  

The proposed regulations will be given to the Park City Planning Commission for review on Feb. 23, according to KPCW News. While created for residential courts, the code changes could also affect development of public courts. Park City Pickleball Club is not taking a position on this topic.

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.