Current Status of Tennis and Pickleball Courts During COVID-19:
We are happy to report that the City of Goleta will be re-opening the tennis and pickleball courts as of 5:00 pm today (Thursday, May 7th), but we need the support of our residents to ensure new rules are followed so the courts can remain open. The Santa Barbara County Public Health Order outlines specific requirements related to social distancing, supervision, oversight, enforcement and public noticing. If users comply with the posted regulations, the courts will remain open for use. We know this is a difficult time and how important these activities are to the physical and mental well-being of our residents, so please carefully read the regulations HERE in English y AQUI en Español and adhere to the new safety rules when visiting the courts. We want to continue to see our community members safely enjoying pickleball and tennis for a very long time.
- Evergreen Park: One tennis court will reopen. The other court will be for pickleball, using the portable court systems. The portable pickleball nets will remain assembled and will not be moved or taken down after each use during this time. Keeping the portable pickleball nets in place is intended to prevent individuals from touching multiple surfaces and reduce the risk for potential exposure to COVID-19. A portable restroom and handwashing station are available onsite to facilitate proper hygiene.
- Jonny D. Wallis Park: The pickleball net will be reinstalled. Since the court does not have perimeter fencing, it is especially important that users not actively playing keep at least six feet between other park patrons waiting to play or otherwise enjoying the park. Park restrooms are available onsite to facilitate proper hygiene.
- Berkeley Park and Stow Canyon Open Space: Both facilities will be reopened and portable restrooms with hand washing sinks are now available.
Goleta residents are eager to play tennis and pickleball. The City needs to ensure these activities are reopened safely, and users can follow the Santa Barbara County Public Health Order requirements related to social distancing. Please follow the requirements because your safety and well-being are our top priority.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email JoAnne Plummer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a message at 805-562-5505.
Considered America’s fastest-growing sport, pickleball is played by two to four players and combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton sized court with a modified (lower) tennis net. Participants use a hard paddle/racket and a perforated plastic ball.
After a successful pilot program, pickleball is now a permanent activity at Evergreen Park. The courts are designed for both tennis and pickleball players. The west court is designated as priority for tennis players, and the east court (with added yellow lines) serves as priority for pickleball players. To keep the pickleball court nets in good condition, they are secured in a locked box at the courts. Pickleball players desiring access to the portable nets will need to participate in a training and complete a volunteer application before receiving the lock combination. Interested parties can contact JoAnne Plummer, Parks & Recreation Manager, at (805) 562-5505 or email@example.com.
The pickleball schedule at Evergreen Park is:
- Monday: 9am
- Tuesday: 4pm to dusk
- Wednesday: Open (on your own)
- Thursday: 9am & 4pm to dusk
- Friday: Open (on your own)
- Saturday: 9am
- Sunday: 10am
There is also a pickleball court at the new Jonny D. Wallis Neighborhood Park in Old Town (170 S. Kellogg Ave).