Salida Recreation hosts open play times several days at week at two locations.
These are times when players regularly meet but are not a guarantee that someone will be there.
Silver Sneakers members play for free!
You must be a registered member to play for free. Sign in on the provided attendance list each time you play. Please visit the Aquatic Center to become a member or bring your Healthways ID number.
Established Open Play Times:
Indoors at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds Event Center- 10165 County Road 120 (closest building to CR 120)
A paying renter at the Event Center will cancel pickleball play. Please check the Fairgrounds Calendar, if pickleball is not listed, it is cancelled.
–> Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 – 11:30 am, $3. 8:30 – 10:00 am is geared towards more experienced players 10 – 11:30 am is geared towards beginners but all levels are welcome at anytime.
–> Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, $3. All levels. Equipment provided, non-marking shoes only.
Outdoors at Centennial Park – Highway 50 and Holman Ave, adjacent to the Hot Springs Pool (PB/basketball courts). Times listed are priority times, but play is allowed on 1 court during non-priority times if courts are open. Balls are available for sale and nets and paddles can be checked out from the Aquatic Center during pool hours.
–>Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, 7:30 – 10:30 am, $2 suggested donation.
–>Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, $2 suggested donation.
Equipment is available to check out anytime the Aquatic Center is open and the courts are free. Please only setup one net during non-priority times at Centennial Park. Suggested donation is $2 per player.
Nationally ranked pickleball player Sally Dobson will host a pickleball skills clinic Wednesday, July 23, at 8:30 am in Centennial Park. Dobson, of Las Vegas, NV, placed 3rd in the Women’s 60+ Doubles category at the USA Pickleball Nationals 2013. She will coach players of all levels in game strategies and skill. The suggested donation for this event is $2.
Sally will also be at the evening indoor session of pickleball, at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds, from 5 – 7 pm. The fee for this event is $3.
Find playtimes and keep informed about Salida Recreation pickleball play at the Pickleblog. Join the email list by contacting Maggie Murdoch. Emails are used solely for organizing weekly play and other pickleball special events, and will not be used for any other purposes.
Salida Recreation invites you to come play the game of pickleball this Saturday, July 12 on the outdoor courts at Centennial Park. Centennial Park is located right next to the Aquatic Center on Highway 50.
Salida Recreation is excited to announce that pickleball play will continue at the Chaffee County Fairgrounds Exhibition Center. The County Commissioners granted the pickleball group, which has held weekly open play at the Fairgrounds for the last 4 months, an additional 12 months of playing time for a reduced rent. They also allowed the group to add an additional day of playing time.
In addition to Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 – 11:30 am, open playtime will be held on Wednesdays from 5 – 7 pm. Equipment is provided—just wear tennis shoes and be prepared to have fun! The fee is $5. (FEE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO $3, PLEASE SEE THE TOP OF THIS PAGE)
If you don’t know what pickleball is, think of it as a cross between tennis and ping pong. It is less physically demanding than tennis because it is played on a smaller court using wooden paddles and a whiffle ball. However, it still offers a fun challenge to eye hand coordination and provides great exercise.
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the nation, attracting everyone from children to seniors on to the court.
With the addition of Wednesday evenings, Salida Recreation hopes to bring in more people, including youth and working adults. Wednesday’s time will be an all-levels open playtime. More advanced players are invited to play Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 – 10:00 am, and beginning players are invited Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:30 am.
The only exceptions to this schedule are when a full-paying renter is using the Exhibition Center. The official calendar for pickleball can be found at www.salidarec.com/recreation-calendar.
For more information, contact Maggie Murdoch at Salida Recreation, 539-6738, or visit www.salidarec.com.