Wichita has dozens of pickleball courts all over town — in public parks, recreation centers, private health clubs, country clubs, housing developments, churches and in the YMCA system.
If you want to get started, open play may be the way to go, experts say. You just show up and wait to be rotated into a game. Pickleball players are by nature welcoming, friendly and ready to help you learn.
Following is a list of courts that offer open play throughout the week. The list is put together and maintained by local pickleball organizers Patti Mackey and Ching Brubaker.
Pickleball courts also are available in Andover, Bel Aire, El Dorado, Goddard, Mulvane, Newton, Park City, Valley Center, Winfield.
People who want to join in or organize their own games are encouraged to visit playtimescheduler.com, which is used by many local pickleballers looking for playmates.
Pickleball open play times
Boston Recreation Center, 6655 E. Zimmerly, three indoor courts, open play 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, $2
Carl G. Brewer Community Center, 1329 E. 16th St., two indoor courts, open play 1:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, $2
Chicken N Pickle, 1240 N. Greenwich, 10 indoor/outdoor courts, open play 8-10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, open play cost is typically $5 though costs vary. Also check playtimescheduler.com for additional open play times.
Downtown YMCA, 402 N. Market, three indoor courts, open play 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdays, members free, $10 guest drop in fee
Downtown Senior Center, 200 S. Walnut, two indoor courts, open play for all levels 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and intermediate players 9-11 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, membership required
East YMCA, 9333 E. Douglas, two indoor courts, open play 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8 to 10 a.m. Fridays, members free, $10 guest drop in fee
Edgemoor Recreation Center, 5815 E. Ninth St., three indoor courts, open play 1:15-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, $2
Edgemoor Park, 515 E. Ninth St., six outdoor unlighted courts, free seven days a week
Linwood Recreation Center, 1901 S. Kansas St., three indoor courts, open play 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, $2
Northwest YMCA, 13838 W. 21st St., four indoor courts, open play 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m. Fridays, 4-7 p.m. Sundays, members free, $10 guest drop in fee
Orchard Senior Center, 4808 W. Ninth St., three indoor courts, open play 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, membership required
Osage Park, 2121 W. 31st St. South, two unlighted outdoor courts, free to play seven days a week
Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center, 551 N. Nims, 13 outdoor courts, open play 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursdays for all levels, 8:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesday and 6:30 to 8 p.m. open drills for experienced players ; 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday open drills for beginning players. Open play is $5, open drills are $15
Seneca Park, 202 S. Seneca, six unlighted outdoor courts, free to play seven days a week
South YMCA, 3405 S. Meridian, open play 5-7 p.m. Sundays, members free, $10 guest drop in fee
The Pickle Club, 5228 W. Central, two indoor courts, open play 1-3 p.m. Sundays, 3-5 p.m. Sundays for intermediate players, 5-7 p.m Sundays for advanced players, free for members, $8 drop-in fee for non-members
West YMCA, 6940 Newell, four indoor courts, lessons offered, open play 8 a.m. to noon Mondays-Fridays, 4 to 7 p.m. Sundays, 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, members free, $10 guest drop in fee
Other courts in Wichita
Some are free. Some require memberships.
Aley Park, 1803 S. Seneca, six outdoor courts, free to play, bring your own net
Evergreen Recreation Center, 2700 N. Woodlawn
North YMCA, 3330 N. Woodlawn, 8 Indoor courts
Farha Sports Center, 3405 S. Meridian, one indoor court
Northwest YMCA, 13838 W. 21st St., eight indoor courts
YMCA at WSU, 2060 Mid-Campus Drive, two Indoor courts, Lighted, Nets Provided
Northwest YMCA, 13838 W. 21st St., two indoor courts Lighted, Nets Provided
Crestview Country Club (members only) 1000 N. 127th St. East
Rolling Hills Country Club, 102 S. Westlink, open to members, guest passes available
Terradyne Country Club, 1400 Terradyne Drive, Andover, open to members, guest passes available
Wichita Country Club (members only), 8501 E. 13th St.
Genesis Health Clubs West Central, 854 N. Socora St.
Genesis Health Clubs West Central, 1651 N. Rock Road
Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount St., four outdoor lighted courts, public can use