Let's play pickleball!
Grab your racquets – it’s time to play pickleball! There are currently eight outdoor locations across Vaughan to enjoy pickleball on a first-come, first-served basis. Find a court near you:
- Dufferin District Park, located at 1441 Clark Ave.
- Giovanni Caboto Park, located at 75 Matthew Dr.
- Maple Community District Park, located at 101 McNaughton Rd.
- Maxey Park, located at 199 Willis Rd.
- North Thornhill District Park, located at 300 Pleasant Ridge Ave.
- York Hill District Park, located at 330 York Hill Blvd.
- Promenade Green Park, located at 25 Carl Tennan St.
- Rosedale Park North, located at 350 Atkinson Ave.
Given the increased participation in the sport, the City of Vaughan is planning to add 18 additional outdoor pickleball courts throughout the community by the end of 2024.
Frequently Asked Questions
Pickleball is an emerging sport experiencing a popularity boom in Canada, particularly among older adults and seniors. Pickleball is a paddleball sport, combining elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is played with a paddle and a wiffleball (a plastic ball with holes) on a badminton-sized court with a slightly modified tennis net. It can also be played on a tennis court with line painting modifications. The sport can be played as doubles or singles and is enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. Visit Pickleball Canada to learn more about pickleball.
The Pickleball Study began in February 2021 and was completed in 2022. At the end of the study, recommendations on the provisions of future pickleball courts as a new level of service were offered by the City.
The Pickleball Study recommended incorporating pickleball as a shared use with tennis and to develop new pickleball courts.
Consideration for additional pickleball court locations for retrofit and new development will be included in the scope of work of the Tennis and Racquet Sports Strategy, to begin in 2023, as well as integrate the findings into the Active Together Master Plan update in 2023.
The 2018 Active Together Master Plan recommends piloting pickleball-tennis courts at existing tennis court sites to evaluate the feasibility of re-purposing them for shared use between tennis and pickleball (Recommendation #34). Potential pilot sites are evaluated for suitability and city-wide distribution and will be selected by City staff with input from the public and stakeholders. Additional sites may be suggested to City staff in the Parks Infrastructure Planning and Development department by emailing email@example.com or via phone to Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281.
All additional questions can be directed to the Parks Infrastructure Planning and Development department by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone to Access Vaughan at 905-832-2281.
About the City’s Pickleball Study
The City conducted a survey from Feb. 19 to March 5, 2021 to help identify preferences for pickleball courts and locations. Results of the survey can be found in this report (PDF). Following the survey, and based on site location criteria, several existing tennis court locations were identified as sites to retrofit for shared-use for pickleball play for the 2021 playing season.
As recommended in Vaughan’s 2018 Active Together Master Plan, the City conducted a study to evaluate the feasibility of using existing tennis courts to accommodate pickleball play (with shared pickleball-tennis courts). Through the Pickleball Study, the City evaluated the demand, implementation tools and opportunities for pickleball facilities in Vaughan. This included considerations for planning and implementing new pickleball courts, site selection criteria to help determine suitable sites for new pickleball court sites and recommended locations for retrofit of existing tennis courts into dedicated pickleball courts.
The study was completed in 2022 with public feedback collected and the verdict is: pickleball is here to stay! Based on the findings, the City is offering new outdoor shared-use pickleball courts as well as developing dedicated pickleball courts.
Pickleball Study timeline
Phase 1: Pickleball survey (Completed Q1 2021)
A survey was conducted to help identify best practices and preferences for pickleball courts and locations from Feb. 19 to March 15, 2021. Thank you to those who participated. The results of the survey can be found in this report (PDF).
Phase 2: Pickleball implementation (Completed Q2 to Q3 2021)
Following the survey and based on site location criteria, several existing tennis courts were identified as sites to establish pickleball courts for the 2021 playing season. City staff solicited further feedback from pickleball players. Staff identified and discussed pickleball best practices and preferences, which were integrated into the Pickleball Study.
Phase 3: Pickleball Study monitoring and feedback (Completed Q3 to Q4 2021)
This phase of the project helped the City gauge the public’s interest in the sport of pickleball and outdoor pickleball facilities. Residents provided feedback and recommendations regarding the pickleball pilot sites, including locations and site amenities.
Phase 4: Findings and recommendation (Completed Q2 2022)
In the final phase of the Pickleball Study, City staff reviewed feedback from players and residents and reported on findings and recommendations to Council.
Additional pickleball courts will continue to be provided on a case-by-case basis through the lining of existing tennis courts based on site selection criteria. 10 additional shared use locations will be rolling out in 2023.
The City moved forward with identifying sites for dedicated pickleball courts to be completed by end of 2024:
- Carrville Community Centre and District Park (4 dedicated courts)
- Le Parc Park (4 dedicated courts)
The recommendations from the Study will be included in the Active Together Master Plan update and will inform future programming.
Additional opportunities for engagement will be available as part of the Active Together Master Plan update and Tennis and Racquet Sports Strategy.