Players of the nation’s fastest-growing new sport are set to invade the Wallman Rink in Central Park next month.
Starting April 7, Pickleball programmer CityPickle is setting up shop in Manhattan, opening 14 courts for daily play.
central park no-now-trump-owned The Wallman Rink famously hosts ice skating in the winter – last summer it became a Roller Skating Disco Oasis – And this summer it’s set to be home to the hottest new games in the Hamptons and between geriatrics: the playground-overtakinglifestyle magazine motivator, due to turf war A combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong known as pickleball.
The “largest Pickleball establishment in the Northeast” will be run by CityPickle, which describes itself as “New York City’s first Pickleball Club.”
According to a press release, fans can get their pickle fix — which includes a net, a paddle, a wiffle ball, 10-15 minute long games and no current knowledge of the game — daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Oct. 9.
Courts will cost from $80 to $120 depending on whether players are getting pickled in peak or off-peak hours.
Custom Citypical paddles are available to rent for $6 each, or players can BoopBP.
For those intimidated by the sport’s hilarious name, bizarre reputation and the combination of so many sports at once, there will be pickleball lessons, clinics and “a diverse slate of seasoned coaches.”
There will be leagues and tournaments for advanced pickleball practitioners.
For the pickier with more pockets, there exists an opportunity to have a birthday party or a corporate team-building event at the venue, the release clarifies.
“Our mission when CityPickle was founded was to bring Pickleball to as many New Yorkers as possible,” CityPickle co-founder Mary Cannon said in a statement about the group’s goal.
The company, which launched last year, has previously hosted seasonal courts at Hudson Yards and TWA hotels — and will soon offer first permanent position Climate controlled 10,110 sq. ft. space at a new development in Long Island City.