Canyon Lake History: Pickleball Courts

Construction of four permanent pickleball courts at East Port Park was underway by mid-April 2017. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

August 19 marks the 5th anniversary of the soft opening of the Canyon Lake pickleball courts at East Port Park.

In 2015, the POA explored the possibility of building pickleball courts adjacent to the lodge. When the project was denied after bids came in over budget, the POA converted tennis court number six into a pickleball court. The Pickleball Club held free lessons.

In 2016, the POA began looking at new locations. On July 13, 2016, the POA submitted plans to the city for four permanent courts at the lower level of East Port Park.

Pickleball courts under construction. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

In mid-April 2017, the construction of four permanent pickleball courts at East Port Park was underway.

A soft opening for the new courts was held on August 19.

In early October, the Pickleball Club hosted free workshops. Each workshop included one pickleball lesson per week for three weeks.

On October 24, the POA held a ribbon-cutting for the new courts. More than 100 residents, including Mayor Randy Bonner, Councilman Larry Greene, and POA Board Directors Mike Harris, Dale Welty, Tom Nathan, Paul Queen and Phil Hawgood, were in attendance. Light refreshments were served.

A ribbon-cutting was held for the new pickleball courts on October 24, 2017. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Former POA President Bruce Yarbrough was given the honor of cutting the ribbon. Gift cards were raffled off and won by Paul Hawker, Jason Libring, Nancy Hoke, and Scott Ellis. Free lessons were given after the ribbon-cutting.

Jeanette Williams served as the president of the Pickleball Club. Steve Libring served as the vice president.

Since the opening of the pickleball courts, the Pickleball Club’s membership has grown to more than 300 members.

Due to the popularity of pickleball within the community, the POA is currently exploring the addition of two pickleball courts that were left out of the original design. Funding for the design was approved in November 2021 with additional funding approved in August 2022.

Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.
Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

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