Thirty short days ago, my wife and I were in Columbus, Ohio on business, and, as we finished up meetings in the early afternoon, we ventured out looking for some permanent, dedicated outdoor pickleball courts. We didn’t find any. Zero. None. None in Columbus. None in Westerville. None in Worthington. And that was a shame. Sure there were venues that shared their courts — but that meant setting up your own portable net and playing on a court not designed specifically for pickleball.
There was also a venue (Hoff Park) in which it appeared to be potentially in the beginning stages of building new courts — although the project looked stalled before it even began.
In greater Cincinnati, we are blessed to have several outdoor pickleball venues. With tremendous talent in-and-around Columbus, however, they did not even have a permanent home for pickleball — that is, until today.
Olentangy Park, Worthington, Ohio
As of today, June 28, 2018, Olentangy Park, located at 600 W Wilson Bridge Rd, Worthington, OH 43085 will, no doubt, be the mecca for outdoor pickleball in Columbus. The park just completed converting 2 tennis courts (see “before” picture below) to 6 beautiful pickleball courts — with lights (see “after” picture below)!
According to the Central Ohio Pickleball Facebook Group (as of June 28, 2018), pickleball times are as follows at Olentangy Park:
- Monday / Wednesday / Friday, 7AM – 9AM, Intermediate Play
- Tuesday / Thursday, 7AM – 9AM, Advanced Play
- Tuesday, 5PM, Mixed Play
- Thursday, 5PM, Advanced Play
Please be sure to check out the Central Ohio Pickleball Facebook Group for additional information and/or changes to the playing schedule. Congratulations, Columbus! You got some permanent courts! See you on the courts — your courts!!! 🙂