Fishers Parks & Recreation is ready to serve up fun with a spin! Pickleball is the latest sports craze sweeping the nation and offering fun for all ages. A paddle sport that combines the elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong, pickleball involves players serving and volleying a plastic ball (smaller, but similar in appearance to a Wiffle Ball) over a 34-inch-high net on a 20-foot by 40-foot court.
Free, public courts for the unique sport can be found at Cytheanne Park, located on the northeast side of Fishers, where it is now home to eight pickleball courts and Hamilton County’s only public outdoor courts.
Perhaps the most appealing element of the sport is its inclusive nature that bridges generations. As popularity for the sport grows, all ages are getting in on this fun and active sport. Pickleball is now being taught in school physical education classes, and Del Webb’s Britton Falls fifty-and-over community has a club that competes throughout the season. Fishers Parks & Recreation also plans to work with local pickleball instructor Team Witsken to offer lessons for beginner players this summer. Learn more at teamwitsken.com.
Earlier this year, two additional challenge courts for immediate and advanced players were added at Cyntheanne Park through a generous donation from Steve Cage, a Fishers resident and entrepreneur. The courts at Cyntheanne Park have also been renamed Cage Pickleball in recognition of the generous donation.
The Fishers Parks Foundation raised approximately $20,000 in additional funds during its pickleball court fundraising campaign, the largest portion of which came from an anonymous donor from Fishers.
“Pickleball is a fun, inclusive sport for all ages and abilities, and the fastest growing sport in America. We are thrilled with the engagement from the community this past year to help communicate the need for additional courts at Cyntheanne Park, and to be able to raise enough contributions to build and complete them ahead of the proposed timeline,” said Sarah Sandquist, Director of Fishers Parks & Recreation.
In honor of the new Cage Pickleball Challenge Courts, Fishers Parks & Recreation celebrated the grand opening with the inaugural Pickleball Tournament in late April.
Thank You to the "Build Two More" Pickleball Court Donors
- *Larry and Teresa Amick
- Stacy Bieberich
- *Steven Cage
- *Central Indiana Orthopedics
- *Terry and Deborah Collins
- Cindy Davis
- Dr. Jason Harrison, Max Life Chiropractic
- Craig and Kathy Hunter
- *IU Health Saxony Hospital
- Barbara Kramarz
- Frederick Krueger
- Connie Marten Realty Group
- Richard Poppa
- Mike Seidel
- Robert and Mary Sharon Teipen
*Major donors denoted with an asterisk