Responding to popular requests, District Commissions are bringing the first covered, dedicated pickleball courts to Boca Raton.
The courts will reside in Patch Reef Park and will be open to the public.
The project will bring 18 covered courts to Patch Reef – 16 traditional courts and two that are ADA accessible. The facility will be located near the southern boundary of the park, adjacent to the existing tennis complex.
Along with a first-class pickleball facility, the project will add additional parking to Patch Reef, and some walking trails will be refurbished. The picnic pavilions currently located near what will be the new covered pickleball complex will remain.
Late in 2023 District Commissioners tasked CSR construction with the project.
Research from the American Pickleball Professionals found that nearly 50 million people have played the sport at least once over the past year, making pickleball America's fastest growing sport. And the Boca Raton community is a pickleball hotbed. Three of the Top 5-ranked women nationally and two of the Top 5 men live in southern Palm Beach County.
To accommodate the growing need for pickleball courts, District commissioners previously voted to convert four existing outdoor tennis courts into 12 pickleball courts.
Commissioners also selected Boca Paddle's proposal to build an indoor/outdoor pickleball-centric facility at North Park (formerly Ocean Breeze golf course).
Architectural design of Patch Reef covered pickleball courts.
Current pickleball courts at Patch Reef Park.