Malden residents and pickleball enthusiasts have reason to celebrate as the Malden Recreation Department proudly announces the opening of brand-new pickleball courts at Amerige Park. This exciting addition to the City's recreational facilities comes in response to the booming popularity of pickleball nationwide, a sport that has taken the country by storm in recent years.
Pickleball, a fast-paced and highly accessible racquet sport, has gained a devoted following across the United States due to its easy-to-learn nature and suitability for all ages. The Malden Recreation Department has been at the forefront of promoting the sport within the City, offering indoor pickleball programs for years. Now, with the unveiling of these outdoor courts at Amerige Park, residents can enjoy pickleball in the fresh air and sunshine. This expansion aligns with Malden's commitment to fostering an active and healthy community, providing yet another opportunity for residents to engage in physical activity and social interaction.
Funding for the courts was provided by the American Rescue Plan Act via the Recreation category of funds which sought to encourage residents to pursue more outdoor activities as we continue to ‘return to normal’ after the pandemic. Mayor Christenson, working with the Recreation Subcommittee on ARPA funding consisting of Councillor Jadeane Sica, Recreation Coordinator Joe Levine and resident Donna Lombardi recommended allocating funds to create the courts in an otherwise largely unused space adjacent to the tennis courts at Amerige Park. “I’m excited to see our residents get out and use these courts. We really want to see them used as much as possible,” said Recreation Coordinator Joe Levine.
The new pickleball courts at Amerige Park are poised to become a hub of activity, welcoming players of all skill levels. Whether you're a seasoned player or a novice looking to try your hand at this exciting sport, Malden's Recreation Department invites you to come and enjoy the facilities. These courts are a testament to the City's dedication to providing accessible and engaging recreational opportunities for its residents.
Pictured (from left): DPW Director Bob Knox, Mayor Gary Christenson, Ward 3 City Councillor Amanda Linehan, Recreation Coordinator Joe Levine, and Communications Director Ron Cochran