Seattle debuts new pickleball courts downtown

The unveiling took place during the Pickleball for All festival.

Pickleball players play on a purple-painted court in downtown Seattle with green vendor tents in the background

Pickleball for All included a tournament, instructions for beginners, and pop-up vendors.

Photo by SEAtoday staff

This weekend, the area around Denny Way was filled with quite a racket as the city hosted its first-ever Pickleball for All festival. But if you couldn’t swing it, have no fear.

Part of the hoopla included the unveiling of two new, permanent public pickleball courts in a small plaza near Vine Street and Fifth Avenue. Surrounded by fencing and resurfaced with fresh purple paint, the free courts will be open seven days a week — first-come, first-serve.

Astria Pickleball made a donation for the project, and the Seattle Department of Transportation is looking to pour in $500,000 to add landscaping and seating to the plaza over the next year.

Judging by the turnout for the pickleball fest, those courts should be pretty popular. If you’re looking for other options, consider:

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