Pickleball is catching on big time in the Hudson Valley, New York, with a surge in new local courts annually, frequently repurposed from disused tennis courts in public parks.
The emergence of leagues, continuous casual games, and the proliferation of instructors and new courts have all contributed to the sport’s growth.
Hudson Valley’s Best Courts
Zac Shaw of Hudson Valley One has put together a list of the most favored and easily accessible courts in and around Ulster County:
Accord Bank House (294 Queens Highway, Accord) provides four hard courts, two indoors and two outdoors, with permanent lines and portable nets. A one-time fee is required for reservation.
Berean Park (49 Reservoir Road, Highland) has two outdoor tennis courts with overlaid lines.
Break Point Tennis (470 Old Neighborhood Road, Kingston) caters to serious pickleball enthusiasts, offering exceptional indoor play areas, lessons, hourly court rentals, and organized match play.
Cantine Field (Pavilion Street, Saugerties) provides four free outdoor courts with permanent lines; players must bring their own net.
Dinsmore Park (49 Old Post Road, Staatsburg) has three purpose-built outdoor courts available for free play behind the Staatsburg Firehouse.
George W. Ross Memorial Park (202-220 Bowne Street, Ulster Park) features a small half-court with a wall suitable for practice and tennis courts that can be utilized when needed.
Grant Avery Park (3362 State Route 28, Shokan) provides one free hard court for residents, although players need to create their own lines and bring their own net.
Hasbrouck Park (15 Mohonk Avenue, New Paltz) features two slightly worn, free, permanent outdoor courts installed as pickleball gained popularity.
Loughran Park (50 Charlotte Street, Kingston) features three outdoor play areas, repurposed from abandoned tennis courts, offering free access from dawn to dusk with permanent nets and lines.
Loughran Park (18 Charlotte Street, Kingston) is a popular free pickleball spot, offering five outdoor hard courts.
Pulaski Park (162 Washington Street, Poughkeepsie) has two dedicated outdoor pickleball courts, complemented by a pool for cooling off during warmer months.
Rip Van Winkle Park (Lake Road, Tannersville) offers two free outdoor courts with picturesque views, adapted from tennis courts with overlaid lines.
Spratt Park (113 Wilbur Boulevard, Poughkeepsie) features a simple outdoor pickleball court with permanent lines.
Thompson Mazzarella Park (42 Traver Lane, Rhinebeck) offers two free outdoor hard tennis courts with overlaid pickleball lines (net height may differ). Restrooms are available, and courts can be reserved.
Total Tennis (1811 Old Kings Highway, Saugerties) offers a unique experience with a paid stay-over pickleball camp, providing immaculate courts for serious players.
Veteran’s Park (50 Scenic Road, Accord) offers one free outdoor court with permanent lines; players need to bring their own net.
YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County (507 Broadway, Kingston) provides four indoor wood courts with permanent lines and portable nets for YMCA members. Non-members can access the facilities with a $ 15-a-day pass.
About The Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley, a region in New York State, extends from Westchester County to Albany, the state capital.
Renowned for its vineyards, orchards, and farms, the area boasts the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, a notable advocate for sustainable food practices.
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