Construction on the 6 new pickleball courts has begun. The tennis nets are down and surface preparation has begun. We do not have a completion date but as construction progresses we will keep you informed.
We also have some additional big news. Because of the club's effort to fund the new courts, the Sunrise Recreation and Park District has increased the hours for club play. In addition to the current club hours in the morning 6 days each week, club hours will now include night time hours 6 days each week from 5pm to 10pm. What this means is during these club hours the club can set the court rules and in order to use the courts during club hours you must be a member of the club. Club membership is strong with 310 total members. Your loyalty to the club and support for building the new courts has been fantastic and greatly appreciated.
Here is a summary of club hours at Rusch Park:
Sunday thru Friday - 7AM to 12PM
Sunday thru Friday - 5PM to 10PM
The May 2019 Round Robin Mixers were held the weekend of May 4-5. There were 36 players in the lower division, and 48 players in the upper division.
First place: Norm Readdy & Kim Hughes
Second place: Don Peters & Jim Jones
First place: Bill Tanner & Gary Pike
Second place: Howard Slayton & Connie Hoetger
In June of 2018, journalism student Marci Phillips came out to Rusch Park to shoot video of the swim team. She instead ended up doing a story about pickleball. Check out her completed video below – you may recognize some familiar faces!
As you may or may not know, the Sunrise Park District requested our club contribute $30,000 toward the construction of the new pickleball courts. We were able to secure a $10,000 grant from the County which left $20,000 for SPC to raise. We started our fund raising campaign in the last quarter of 2018, which consisted of membership dues, donations from members and non-members, a GoFundMe campaign, a Skills & Drills clinic, and several other fund raising activities.
Thanks to your loyal membership and donations, we just recently met our $20,000 goal. Everyone deserves a huge thank you from the SPC board and the park district board. When you see other members out on the courts be sure to thank them also for their support and generosity. Everyone has contributed to the success of this campaign. Soon we will have 6 additional new courts creating the premier outdoor pickleball facility in the Sacramento area. The plan is to build 6 courts similar to the 6 existing courts giving us a total of 12 courts. For now, the stadium court previously planned is being postponed until a later date.
The Sunrise Recreation and Park District Board had their board meeting on March 21 and the new courts were on the agenda. Jake, Lee, Amy and a few club members all spoke on our behalf and did a great job. The park district board unanimously approved the new courts construction so it is now official. We do not know at this time when construction will begin.
Special thanks to Jake, Todd, and Dave of the Sunrise Recreation & Park District for their hard work in getting these new courts approved and built.
Thank you again for your support and generosity!
The March Round Robin Mixers were held the weekend of March 16-17. There were 36 players in the lower division, and 52 players in the upper division.
First place: Chris Froshaug & Chris Hill
Second place: Kim Hughes & Mo Nard
First place: John Stir & Richard O'Malley
Second place: Twee Washburn & Brad Stone