Walter Reed Outdoor Pickleball Court Project
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2909 16th Street, Arlington, VA 22204 View Map
2909 16th Street ,
Arlington, VA 22204
2909 16th Street ,
Arlington, VA 22204
A community engagement process will be launched to solicit input from all stakeholders to inform the project design.
About the Project
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.
Currently, the tennis court area is striped with six pickleball courts and the basketball court with three. The tennis court area will be converted into nine dedicated pickleball courts. 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:
- 6 dedicated pickleball courts at the tennis court area (e.g., court pavement, netting, lighting, fencing, and associated sport equipment)
- Sound reduction measures
- Seating and shade
- Pathways with ADA access improvements
- Stormwater management
- Basketball court restriping
About the Process
- April 25, 2023: DPR gave an update on athletic court restriping and pickleball to the County Board on April 25. This presentation included an update to the Walter Reed Outdoor Pickleball Court project, as well as, plans to restripe existing athletic courts at Fort Scott Park, Marcey Road Park, Hayes Park and Virginia Highlands Park for multi-use (tennis and pickleball) between June and September of 2023. The parks selected for restriping were informed by the Arlington Outdoor Courts Assessment Project. Watch the whole presentation to learn more:
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.
- December 2022: Based on what we learned and the passage of the FY 2023- FY 2033 Capital Improvement Plan, a dedicated pickleball courts will be created where the outdoor tennis courts are at Walter Reed Park. A community engagement process will allow for any interested stakeholders to provide input on the project. Engagement will occur in 3 phases to hear input, provide design concepts and garner input, and again with a final design and comment period.
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.
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