Peoria Park District hosts Pickleball Court
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening

Saturday, June 4th at 10am, Glen Oak Park
PEORIA (June 4, 2022) – The Peoria Park District will host a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Celebration for new Pickleball Courts in Glen Oak Park on Saturday, June 4th at 10am.

A short ceremony and ribbon cutting will be followed by a Pickleball Clinic led by Mike Mitchell, Peoria Area USAPA Pickleball Ambassador. Open play will go until noon, accompanied by a raffle to win pickleball items. Guests can also enjoy mimosas and breakfast snacks from our Parks on Tap Travelling TapHouse.
Saturday's celebration will highlight the impact of eight new dedicated courts, located adjacent to the park's tennis courts. The location also features a shelter and bench between the two sides.

While pickleball was first invented in 1965, in more recent years it has gained popularity.
"The new courts are a symbol of what the Park District does every day... we are focused on finding creative solutions that meet the needs of our community while being responsible stewards of District resources," stated Peoria Park District Executive Director Emily Cahill. "While answering the call to serve the growing pickleball community, we were able to reimagine and repurpose old rubico courts, while also adding more green space to the dense landscape of Glen Oak Park," Cahill continued.

In addition to the new courts in Glen Oak Park, the District also has outdoor courts at Charter Oak Park and seasonally hosts indoor play at Lakeview Recreation Center and Owens Ice Center.

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. It is played on an indoor or outdoor court that is approximately half the size of a tennis court. Equipment consists of a wooden paddle (like a ping pong paddle but with a larger head), a polymer wiffleball (moves at one-third the speed of a tennis ball), and a net that sits four inches lower than a tennis net. The smaller area combined with the slower moving ball makes pickleball arguably easier to play (with less impact on joints) than tennis.

Public stewards of nearly 9,000 acres of park and greenspace and another 185 buildings, the Park District’s mission is “To enrich life in our community through stewardship of the environment and the provision of quality recreational and leisure opportunities.” To learn more, please visit

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Media Contact:
Emily G. Cahill
Executive Director