New pickleball courts open at Apex Simms Street Center, Arvada, CO

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Eight new outdoor pickleball courts opened for play at 11 am on Friday, October 3 at the Apex Simms Street Center, 11706 W. 82nd Avenue in Arvada. This brings the total number of courts at the facility to 16. On opening day, all courts were filled with enthusiastic players, attesting to the popularity of the nation’s fastest-growing sport.

After opening remarks by Mike Miles, Apex Park and Recreation District Executive Director, a group of more than 100 enjoyed refreshments and then adjourned to watch the match-up of the century: Pickleball Pete, the Apex PRD pickleball mascot, vs. the Chick-fil-A cow! The game was played in doubles format to mitigate the challenges of the costumes, with several coaches on hand to offer tips.

The new courts mean more opportunities for the public to try out the sport. It’s an easy-to-learn game that is played on a court like a tennis court but half the size, with a Wiffle ball and paddles. It’s fast moving and fun workout for all ages and abilities! These are a great addition to the Districts many parks and recreation facilities. Much of this can be attributed to the efforts of Pickleball Ken, an energetic ambassador for the game, who began gathering with players to enjoy the sport indoors at the Apex Center. The courts are open daily for free play during daylight hours and weather permitting. There’s also an extensive indoor pickleball program, plus lessons and leagues, at Apex Park and Recreation District in Arvada.

Funding for the second eight courts and restrooms came from a $225,000 grant from Jefferson County Open Space. Many thanks to them, and to district sponsor Chick-fil-A at 80th and Wadsworth for their part in the October 3 event.