Pickleball Offerings in Council Bluffs

The City of Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation now offers a variety of fall pickleball leagues starting September 7, and a costume tournament, “The Monster Smash” on Friday, October 13.

Pickleball, a rapidly growing sport known for its blend of tennis, badminton, and table tennis elements, has captured the attention of Council Bluffs residents. The new leagues will provide an excellent platform for individuals of all skill levels to enjoy this engaging and social activity.

Pickleball is a paddle sport played using a plastic ball with holes. The game combines fundamentals of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton and can be played as doubles or singles. Pickleball is played on indoor or outdoor courts measuring one-fourth the size of a standard tennis court with a lower net. Pickleball is a friendly game with simple rules, making it an ideal sport for people of all ages. While the game is social, more experience equates to a more fast-paced, challenging, competitive match.

Earlier this year, the Parks and Recreation Department converted two tennis courts into four pickleball courts as part of the park's renovation. Kimball Park has one outdoor pickleball court as well. These courts are open to the public when not in use for leagues. The outdoor leagues will take place at Cochran Park and offer the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and engage in healthy competition. Register online at cbparksandrec.org.

The City of Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department also offers indoor leagues in partnership with the Council Bluffs Area Pickleball Club at the state-of-the-art Iowa West Field House. Participants can take advantage of the facility's climate-controlled environment, ensuring an optimal playing experience year-round.

"Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting, these leagues provide a fantastic chance to improve your skills and make lasting connections," said Recreation and Events Manager Dan Bettmann.

Participants can look forward to various league formats, accommodating players of all ages and skill levels. From beginner-friendly leagues focused on learning the basics to advanced competitive leagues, there's a perfect fit for everyone. Plus, there are multiple scheduling options to accommodate busy lifestyles.

"Pickleball is a sport that encourages social interaction, physical activity, and friendly competition," said Bettmann. "These leagues will not only provide an opportunity for residents to stay active but also strengthen the sense of community in Council Bluffs."

Interested individuals are encouraged to register early, as spots are limited and expected to fill quickly. More information, including registration details, league schedules, and pricing, can be found on the official City of Council Bluffs Parks and Recreation Department website, cbparksandrec.org.

This post was originally published on August 29, 2023 on the Unleash Council Bluffs blog.