Palo Alto Pickleball Club
Photographer: Jim Colton
Welcome to the Palo Alto Pickleball Club
Drop-in Play, Seven Days a Week!
Meet our more than 700 members of every age. We enjoy all levels of play, but the one thing we have in common is that we all love and want to share the joy of pickleball!
Pickleball and friendships. Our motto is “Arrive as a Stranger and Leave as a Friend”
We play on 15 outdoor public courts at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. Download/view more info HERE.
15 courts sunrise to 3:00 p.m. 7 days a week.
8 courts 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week (8 with lights).
Download/view more info HERE.
It's great to have a place for fun exercise where we don't have to plan ahead. We can drop in for 30 minutes or 3 hours and always find a good game, great camaraderie, and a warm welcome.
Club members and visitors abide by certain court-sharing guidelines. Download/view more info HERE. Learn how to play and how to improve your game at USAPA. Read the USAPA Sportsmanship Guidelines HERE.
To become a PAPC member, please download the application form below and read the instructions for Palo Alto residents and non-residents. Application forms can also be found at the courts
Non-residents may be placed on a waiting list for reasons explained on the application.
Whether or not you are a PAPC member, everyone is welcome to play pickleball at the Mitchell Park courts.
Membership questions HERE.
Benefits & Dues
MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE:
Challenging play for all ages and abilities
Round robins and tournaments
Challenge ladders for all levels
Potluck pickleball parties
Magnetic name tags
5% discount at Pickleball Central
discount code: CRPAPC
Beginner Sessions and Clinics
New to Pickleball?
A Club volunteer will be hosting a Getting Started session for Palo Alto residents only three or four times a month at the courts near the Magical Bridge Playground (see dates and times below). No reservation necessary, no prior experience necessary, no equipment necessary, no club-membership necessary. Please come on time because we have a lot to cover. Look for the person in the orange vest near the storage locker.
Getting Started Sessions
Upcoming Getting Started sessions will be announced a few days in advance based on weather forecast and availability of volunteers. Please check back regularly.
Next Getting Started sessions:
Monday, January 23rd @ 8:30am
Thursday January 26th noon to 1:30 (only if courts are dry)
We regret that we do not have the court capacity to offer these sessions to non-residents, and encourage those who live in other communities to get started at the courts nearest their homes. More information:
Cupertino: Rec Department Information
Los Altos: Call Los Altos Rec. Dept., 650-947-2848, for status of courts at McKenzie Park. To be added to a volunteer-managed email group for Los Altos residents, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Portola Valley: PVpickleball.net website.
Redwood City: There are outdoor pickleball courts at Red Morton Park.
Foster City: Foster City Pickleball Club Facebook group.
Livermore and Pleasanton: Tri-Valley Pickleball Club website.
Los Gatos / Saratoga: LGS Recreation Pickleball Club website.
Saratoga: Saratoga Pickleball Club Facebook group.
East Bay (Alameda, Hayward, Concord, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, Lafayette, Danville, Fremont): Pickleball East Bay Facebook Group
San Francisco: PickleballSF.com
Moving on Up - Skills and Drills (PAPC members only)
Each week will be a stand-alone clinic, so it will be a week-by-week signup process through PlayTime Scheduler. Sessions are run by Chuck Kaspar, PPR Certified Pickleball Instructor, as well as club volunteers.
BAY AREA SENIOR GAMES Fall Classic (2022) Photos HERE.
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON (2022)
Round Robin & Potluck
4TH OF JULY (2018)
Firecracker Tournament & Potluck
Charles Kaspar's Moving On Up Skills and Drills Clinics are organized through playtimescheduler.com.
If you sign up for the San Jose/Santa Cruz, you will be able to view a weekly calendar of pickleball sessions color-coded by county. You can also opt-in to be notified by email whenever Charles organizes a clinic at Mitchell Park.
LABOR DAY (2019)
Round Robin & Potluck
ENCORE GAMES (2018)
6TH ANNUAL TURKEY WADDLE (2022)
Margaritaville National Championships (2022)
"Oh, what a pickleball!" Punch Magazine, July, 2021
"Pickleball's Popularity" Palo Alto Weekly, August 2, 2019
"Pickleball Picking Up Steam on New Courts at Rengstorff Park" Los Altos Town Crier, June 19, 2019
Daily Post, April 27, 2019
"Palo Alto Pickleballers Volley for a Win in Battle Over Courts…" Peninsula/Press March 19, 2019
Viking Sports Mag Online, December 3, 2018
Palo Alto Online, April 8, 2018
"New Pickleball Courts Planned for Mitchell Park" Palo Alto Online, January 5, 2018
"Pickleball goddess on a mission to get more courts" The Mercury News, July 6, 2017
Palo Alto Online, January 18, 2023
Channel 7 ABC News host Amanda del Castillo came to Mitchell park to do a news segment about our club.
(April 29, 2019) View news segment HERE.
"Behind the Headlines - The Rise of Pickleball". Palo Alto Weekly podcast interview with Monica on pickleball's popularity (August 2, 2019).
Video from Stanford School of Journalism