Local Pickleball Guide – Bend, Oregon

Local Pickleball Guide – Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon has a motto: “It’s Where you Go to Play,” and pickleball popularity is growing by leaps and bounds in this recreational mecca!  Enjoy!

Bend Oregon Pickleball Courts

PINE NURSERY PARK, Bend, Oregon

The introduction to pickleball on the Bend Oregon Recreation website states:  “OK, we’ll admit it sounds like a sport someone made up after too many stops on the Bend Ale Trail. But pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America.”  Bend boasts “a startling abundance of world-class breweries clustered close together like the gold at the end of a big beer rainbow.”  Bend has more breweries per-capita than any other city in Oregon, and the social aspect of pickleball fits in nicely with the “Bend Ale Trail”.

Pickleball Courts Around Oregon

There are 11 places to play pickleball in Bend and 7 places to play in nearby communities. You can find a complete listing on the Bend Pickleball website.  There are 8 new pickleball courts in Pine Nursery Park, with construction on eight more under way!

USAPA Ambassadors – Oregon

Every community has a group of volunteers who promote the sport of pickleball and carry the title “Pickleball Ambassador”.  They know everything about the game and they can assist your community with promoting the game of pickleball.

A.J. Fraties and Les Scott demonstrate dinking

A.J. Fraties and Les Scott demonstrate the finer points of dinking as Irene Fraties instructs a player development clinic at Pine Nursery Park.

In the vicinity of the Bend, Oregon, the following Ambassadors are available to help you grow pickleball in your community:

— Sandy Brown  541-420-8852— Terry Brown  541-420-0195— A. J. Fraties  916-257-2097
— Irene Fraties  916-759-9256— Christie Gestvang  541-420-1802— Bruce Grout  206-499-3447
— Phil McCage  541-390-6283— Lee Moore  541-905-4408— Verna Moore  541-905-4408
— Rochelle Neal  661-510-0414— Rip Osterhuber  541-318-6253— Lisa Palcic  541-306-7850
— Tom Sifferman  541-390-1119

Pickleball Court Constructors in Oregon

You can find more information about court builds and resurfacing by checking out the Sport Court Oregon website.

Bend, Oregon Pickleball Clubs

The Bend Pickleball Club is a not-for-profit sports club based in Bend, Oregon. They promote pickleball in the Central Oregon area by offering education, playing opportunities, and facility development. They’ve partnered with Bend Parks & Recreation to create community pickleball courts in Bend, Oregon.

Pine Nursery Park Grand Opening

Pine Nursery Park Grand Opening: Photo courtesy of Verna Moore.

Pickleball Tournaments in Bend

Two big tournaments are held each year in Bend, Oregon.  The Big Country RV Tournament will be held August 14-16, 2015, and invites all USAPA Members to participate. The Oregon Senior Games Pickleball Tournament will be held June 19-21, 2015 and games will be played on the Pine Nursery Park courts.

Seniors playing pickleball

Very Fun Senior Games in Bend, Oregon

Bend, Oregon Pickleball Related News and Youtube Videos

If you would like to read local articles about pickleball enthusiasm in Bend, Oregon, just click on one of the links below:
Pickleball players hit Pine Nursery courts
www.bendbulletin.com/home/2103790-151/pickleball-playres-ht-pine-nursery-courts
“Donor puts pickleball expansion on the fast track”
http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/2346155-153/donor-puts-pickleball-expansion-on-the-fast-track

5.0 Ranked Players Around Bend

Below is a list of 5.0 Ranked Players in the Bend, Oregon Area:
Randy Bitner
Kurtis Campbell
James Cessna
Wes Gabrielsen
Troy W. Horton
Steve A Paranto
Vukman Soskic
Tony Tollenaar
Patrick C Williams
June Crabb
Joy E Leising
Sheila Schoonover

Anyone “game” for a road trip to Bend, Oregon? 

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