Grand Junction

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In just a few years, the pickleball scene in Grand Junction has gone from just a handful of players on a few modified tennis courts to over 11 dedicated pickleball courts in the area. When the city decided to renovate Lincoln Park, they wanted to meet the demand of the rapidly growing enthusiasts. Reopened in 2014 as the Lincoln Park Tennis and Pickleball Complex, the park now features four pickleball courts, four regulation tennis courts and four “quick start” courts for youth tennis programs. On any given day, you’ll see dozens of players dashing around, laughing and enjoying the instant community of the sport. The city also put three pickleball courts inside the Lincoln Park barn for indoor play. Even bad weather can’t slow those picklers down. While seasoned players can enjoy the courts at Lincoln Park, beginners can head over to the Pineridge Park tennis courts in the Redlands on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings where they can learn the game with other newcomers. George Gerson, local pickleball champion and fanatic, often offers “clinics” here. Beginners can learn the rules of the game and basic strategy. The Intermediate level clinics delve deeper into strategy including court positioning, third shot strategy, dinking, court communication and teamwork. With so many new opportunities, it’s little wonder that Grand Junction is fast becoming the pickleball capital of the Western Slope. Catch pickleball fever! For updates and information about local events, visit the Western Slope Pickleball Club web site.  

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