Albuquerque breaks ground on pickleball courts


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The city broke ground Wednesday on a set of new courts for a popular senior sport.

Pickleball is a mix of ping-pong, tennis, and badminton. Players at the Manzano Mesa multi-generational center had to share the courts with tennis players so the city is building them their own courts, 18 in all. They’ll include bleachers, shade canopies, and picnic tables.

“This is a big day for Albuquerque with respect to outdoors, recreation, social, and being friendly to people, so I think this is a great testament to who we are in Albuquerque,” said Gary Oppendahl, Director of Economic Development.

The courts are expected to be ready by April. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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