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Looking for a place to play in Pinellas County?

Pickleball players play pickleball on the courts.
Coquina Key Park is a popular destination for Sunday night pickup games.

While there are plenty of places to play pickleball throughout the Tampa Bay region, no city or community provides more courts than St. Petersburg. That city lists more than 20 courts, more than any other area of the county.

Three locations — Coquina Key Park, Crescent Lake Park and the J.W. Cate Northwest Recreation Center — provide the most courts in the city at six apiece. The Walter Fuller Park Recreation Center has four courts.

Ironically, one of the most popular places to play did not even exist last summer. A warehouse in the Oldsmar Flea Market was transformed into an indoor facility, complete

with lights and air conditioning.

The six indoor courts at that facility have made the place a hotspot, especially in the hot summer months with players lured by league play, pickup games and tournaments for

competitive players as well as newcomers.

Aside from the aforementioned locations, there are outdoor courts and parks and recreation centers in Belleair, Clearwater, Countryside, Dunedin, Kenneth City, Largo, Oldsmar, Palm Harbor, Pinellas Park, Safety Harbor, Seminole and Treasure Island.

As the sport continues to explode throughout the county and Tampa Bay area, as well as the state and the nation, surely there will be more local places to play. Moreover, don’t be surprised if there even is a high school league in the near future, what with youngsters becoming more involved.

Photo by Steve Lee

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