2909 16th Street, Arlington, VA 22204 View Map
2909 16th Street ,
Arlington, VA 22204
A community engagement process will be launched to solicit input from all stakeholders to inform the project design.
Pickleball is a relatively new and popular sport, and it is the only court sport that does not have a dedicated outdoor facility in Arlington.
The purpose of this project is to convert the Walter Reed outdoor tennis courts to dedicated, single use pickleball courts. The Walter Reed tennis courts were selected for conversion though an outdoor courts assessment and criteria that help identify single-use tennis and basketball courts that are good candidates for multi-use and/or a dedicated pickleball facility.
This project will address the multi-use tennis and pickleball courts, which currently allow for six courts where pickleball can be played and the multi-use basketball and pickleball courts, which currently allow for three courts where pickleball can be played. The County is committed to incorporating sound reduction measures as part of this project. The basketball court will be converted back to its original use.
The scope for the pickleball court project includes:
March 2023: Thanks to the 1,300+ participants who shared input during the Walter Reed Pickleball Court Project's first public engagement! We are sharing the engagement summary as well as the raw questionnaire data and comments from the Open House(PDF, 231KB). The project team has read through all comments and are working with the consultants to draft potential concepts for further community input. The public designs will be ready in May.
July 2022: The Arlington County Board passed the FY 2023- FY 2033 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). For information on pickleball as part of the FY 2023-FY 2032 CIP process please see County staff responses to questions raised by the County Board during the June 14, 2022, County Board Work Session. C2-Parks-Pickleball-Courts.pdf (arlingtonva.us).
May 2022: The Arlington Outdoor Courts Assessment second community engagement used input from the first community engagement along with courts scoring for multi-use and dedicated play to helped staff to create the second engagement. The second engagement was open from May 25 - June 8 and engagement material may be reviewed through this narrated video or PDF. This PowerPoint and text document comprehensively share what we learned from the second engagement process.
May 2022: The Arlington Outdoor Courts Assessment second community engagement ran from May 25 - June 8. Engagement materials can be reviewed through this narrated video or PDF. The PowerPoint and report detail what was learned from this engagement process. The second engagement process was designed using input from the project’s first engagement and courts scoring for multi-use and dedicated play.
2021: The Arlington Outdoor Courts Assessment first community engagement helped the County learn more about the outdoor court utilization in Arlington: where people play, what sports they play and the amenities they look for. Based on community feedback we were able to create criteria to help us develop locations for multi-use courts that would include pickleball and a location for a dedicated pickleball facility.
2020: During the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond, pickleball boomed in ways that staff and the community could not have expected.
2019: As there was growing interest in pickleball additional striping of courts occurred at the tennis courts at Walter Reed to allow pickleball users to play.
April 2019: The Public Spaces Master Plan (PSMP) was adopted in April 2019 and calls for the County to "establish a dedicated pickleball facility to meet the growing demand" in Action Step 1.4.3. on page 65.
2017: Pickleball striping was added to the basketball court at Walter Reed to pilot the multi-use of basketball and pickleball.
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FY 2023-2032 Capital Improvement Plan