Funds Raised for Kingsley Lee Memorial Bench

    By Reine Steel, 06/23/2020

    The Sacramento pickleball community was incredibly saddened to learn of the sudden passing of one of our most beloved members, Kingsley Lee.

    Kingsley was a fixture on our courts. A highly skilled player, he loved the competition, but it never overshadowed his love for people and the game. He will be remembered for his infectious smile and laughter.

    FUNDS HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFULLY RAISED to install a memorial bench and plaque at the Rusch Park courts.  Thank you to everyone who donated!!

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    All 12 Courts Now Open!

    By Reine Steel, 05/29/2020

    Starting Friday, May 29th, 6 of the 12 pickleball courts at Rusch Park will be open.

    UPDATE: All 12 courts are now open. Lights will return July 13th.

    The Park District has established the following guidelines for play. Please read them in full and abide by them when on the courts.


    In accordance with the County of Sacramento Health Directive, all social distancing and sanitation requirements for players are in effect. Sunrise Pickleball Club and Sunrise Recreation and Park District remind all players that following these policies and guidelines is each player’s responsibility.

    1. It is recommended by the County of Sacramento Health Department to maintain social distancing (no closer than 6’ to each other).
    2. Singles ONLY, no doubles. Only 2 players allowed per court.
    3. If you or family members have displayed any symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home. If you are vulnerable or have any underlying health conditions, do not play pickleball.
    4. Court access
      1. Courts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 (public court) and 11 will be open for play from approximately 6:30 a.m. to approximately 9:00 p.m. seven days a week.
      2. Access to each court will be from the exterior gate that leads to the open court.
      3. All interior gates of the complex will continue to remain locked.
      4. The lights at the pickleball courts will remain turned off.
      5. To accommodate for parking, the front portion of the Rusch Park parking lot on Auburn Boulevard will be the only lot open.
      6. The restroom next to the pickleball courts will also open to assist players’ ability to sanitize and stay safe.
    5. You may touch only your own equipment and pickleballs. Use your own hand sanitizer before and after play.
    6. Mark or number your pickleballs with a magic marker for easy identification. Only serve your own ball. If you need to give someone back a ball to serve, use racket or foot.
    7. It is recommended to wear a face covering prior to and after playing. It is also recommended to wear a face mask while playing if possible.
    8. It is recommended to wear sunglasses or safety glasses.
    9. It is recommended to wear a glove on your non-paddle hand.
    10. Bring your own water; the fountain is unavailable.
    11. Avoid any contact with other players. No tapping paddles as play ends.
    12. Do not congregate near court openings when waiting to play.
    13. No congregating after play. Stay social distanced.
    14. Keep your hands from touching your face and sanitize them often.
    15. Bring your own alcohol wipes or hand sanitizer to disinfect balls and your hands between games or after play.
    16. Visitors, as well as members of Sunrise Pickleball Club, must abide by the guidelines.
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    Courts Closed Due to Shelter in Place Order

    By Reine Steel, 03/18/2020

    The pickleball courts at Rusch Park are currently closed. Sacramento County and the State of California have issued Shelter in Place orders. The County order, which requires all public park amenties to remain closed, is set to expire May 1st, but may be extended.

    Court NewsPark News

    Beautification Project Under Way

    By Amy Hardison-Papenfuss, 02/19/2020

    We are sprucing up our grounds!!!  Ozzie, our amazing green thumb professional, has agreed to lead the efforts.

    A big THANK YOU to all the amazing people that came out so far to volunteer their time with the park pathway clean up. None of this would have been possible without your kindness or generosity, and I really appreciate each and every one of you. It takes a village, people, and I am so thankful to be a part of this one.

    Check out for photos from Saturday morning.

    The next phase of our project includes sourcing some wood chips from a local tree trimming company. We will be receiving a LARGE supply of wood chips, and this part of the project will require a lot of people-power and possible use of extra wheelbarrows (maybe even a small pick-up truck if someone has one we can use). When we have more details and set a date for the delivery, we will send out another e-mail looking for more volunteers. Stay tuned!

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    Pickleball 101 Every Saturday Morning!

    By Amy Hardison-Papenfuss, 11/19/2019

    Our Pickleball 101 sessions have been a HUGE success!

    Every Saturday morning at 8:00am on courts 5 and 6, the public is welcome to join us for a FREE beginner clinic. Learn how to play the fastest growing sport in America!  Experienced players will be on hand to help you learn the ropes. You'll be playing your first real games in no time. Newer players who just want to practice in a low pressure environment are also welcome to join the fun.

    We will provide paddles and balls. Wear comfortable court shoes and bring water. 

    Register on PlayTime Scheduler or text Amy at 916.474.0831 for more information.