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Palo Alto Pickleball Club

 
 

Welcome to the Palo Alto Pickleball Club

Drop-in Play, Seven Days a Week!​

WHO: 

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!

WHAT:

Pickleball and friendships. Our motto is “Arrive as a Stranger and Leave as a Friend”

 

WHERE:

We play on 15 outdoor public courts at Mitchell Park in Palo Alto. Download/view more info HERE.

 

WHEN:

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.

WHY:

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.

 

HOW:

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.

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Check Traffic-Cams
for weather near Mitchell Park.

Oregon Expressway at Ross Road

Central Expressway at Castro Street

Join Us

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.

Benefits & Dues

MEMBER BENEFITS INCLUDE:
               

  • Challenging play for all ages and abilities

  • Round robins and tournaments

  • Challenge ladders for all levels

  • Portable nets

  • Storage locker

  • Potluck pickleball parties

  • Great camaraderie!

  • Magnetic name tags

  • 5% discount at Pickleball Central

    • discount code: CRPAPC

Tournament Players

Membership questions HERE.

 
 

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:

Thursday, December 15, 12:30-1:45pm

 

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:

Menlo Park:  Menlo Park Pickleball Club Facebook group, or email mppickleball@googlegroups.com

Mountain ViewMVPickle.org website and Mountain View Pickleball Club Facebook group.

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 losaltospickleball@gmail.com

SunnyvaleSunnyvale Tennis Center or email TrishO@lifetimeactivities.com

Portola ValleyPVpickleball.net website.

Redwood City: There are outdoor pickleball courts at Red Morton Park.

Foster CityFoster City Pickleball Club Facebook group.

San Jose:  SanJosePickleballClub.org, and San Jose Pickleball Club Facebook group and 

       Bay Pickleball Meetup group.

Los Gatos / SaratogaLGS Recreation Pickleball Club website.

SaratogaSaratoga Pickleball Club Facebook group.

MilpitasMilpitas Rec Dept website and Milpitas Pickleball Facebook group

East Bay (Alameda, Hayward, Concord, Oakland, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, Lafayette, Danville, Fremont):                 Pickleball East Bay Facebook Group

San FranciscoPickleballSF.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.

Details HERE.

 

Annual Events

BAY AREA SENIOR GAMES Fall Classic (2022) Photos HERE.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON (2022)

Round Robin & Potluck/Monica's 80th Birthday

Photos HERE.

4TH OF JULY (2018)

Firecracker Tournament & Potluck

Photos HERE.

LABOR DAY (2019)

Round Robin & Potluck

Photos HERE.

ENCORE GAMES (2018)

Photos HERE.

6TH ANNUAL TURKEY WADDLE (2022)

Photos HERE.

Margaritaville National Championships (2022)

Photos HERE.

Playtime Scheduler

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.

 

Press

"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

 

"Victory for Pickleball Enthusiasts"

Daily Post, April 27, 2019

 

"Palo Alto Pickleballers Volley for a Win in Battle Over Courts…" Peninsula/Press March 19, 2019

 

"Palo Alto Pickleball"

Viking Sports Mag Online, December 3, 2018

 

"Senior Athletes Meet Their Match…"

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

Radio

Monica Interview Pt1 - KCBS Radio
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Monica Interview Pt2 - KCBS Radio
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Video

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).

Pickleball in Palo Alto: A 360-Degree Experience

Video from Stanford School of Journalism

 

CONTACT US

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