Pickleball is a fun, fast-growing sport enjoyed by all ages and skill levels. The game combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and can be played indoors or outdoors on a hard surface court. Arlington Parks and Recreation currently offers 18 outdoor courts and 14 indoor courts striped for pickleball. The County recognizes there has been a shift in the use and demand for outdoor athletic courts and the Public Spaces Master Plan includes an Action Step to establish a dedicated pickleball facility to meet the growing demand. 

Where to Play Pickleball

If not reserved, courts are available for use on a drop-in basis, first come first serve. When there are players waiting, please use a pickleball rotation.

Dedicated Pickleball Courts

While Arlington County does not currently have dedicated pickleball courts, the Walter Reed Outdoor Pickleball project is undergoing a planning process with opportunities for engagement throughout the timeline. Check out the project page to learn more.

Outdoor Striped Courts (18)

  • Fort Scott Park - One pickleball court striped on tennis court #1.
  • Glebe Road Park - Four pickleball courts (two striped on tennis court #1 and two on tennis court #2).
  • Gunston Park - Two pickleball courts (striped on a tennis court).
  • Lubber Run Park - Four pickleball courts (shared with a volleyball court).
  • Walter Reed Park - Nine pickleball courts (six striped on the tennis courts and three on the basketball court).

Courts may be used for pickleball or tennis from sunrise to sunset, except when courts are lighted. If lighted, all uses will end at 10 p.m. 

Starting on Sat., April 29, operating hours for the multi-use outdoor courts at Walter Reed Community Center & Park will be updated to align with the community center’s operating hours. Equipment and gates will be unlocked between the following hours:

  • Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sat. - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sun. - 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The courts at Walter Reed Community Center & Park will be open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on all federal/ County holidays except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.

Pickleball Rotation Play
When there are enough users on the court to warrant a wait or sign-up, DPR will use organized play where players line their paddles up on the fence (Next Up Sign). Starting on the left, the first four paddles are next in line to play when a court becomes available.

  • Place your paddle in the Paddle Rack to indicate who plays next.
  • The NEXT UP marker on the Paddle Rack indicates who plays the next game.
  • When it’s your turn, quickly retrieve your paddle and go to the open court.
  • Relinquish your court after one game to 11 with a win by two or 15 minutes if not playing a game.   
  • To play another game, place your paddle in the next available slot in the Paddle Rack.
  • Any player can slide the NEXT UP indicator to the next group of paddles.  
  • People who want to play together may put their paddles together in the next available four slots in the Paddle Rack. You must wait until the other slots ahead of you are filled before you can play your game.

The Next Up sign is only located at Lubber Run Community Center and Walter Reed Community Center Tennis Courts. Please use the same or similar method at our other courts.

Indoor Pickleball Courts (14)

Indoor pickleball is played in the following community center gyms during designated times:

Pickleball at each gym is limited to certain hours to accommodate other uses. Please click on the indoor court schedule to view scheduled times and the number of courts available at the locations above. Please use the sign up sheet located within the gymnasium to rotate onto the courts.

Sign Up for Pickleball Classes

Take a class to learn America’s fastest growing sport for adults. We offer classes for everyone.  

Pickleball Projects




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