All 12 Courts Now Open!


    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


    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.

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    Beautification Project Under Way


    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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    Updated Court Designations


    The park district has required us to make a few small changes to our current rules:

    The public courts are now Courts 8 & 9  (no longer court 12).  These courts must be vacated if members of the public are waiting.  If used by members, Court 8 will be part of the "2 on 2 off" rotation, and Court 9 will be part of the "4 on 4 off" rotation.

    Courts 5-6 will be designated as a Beginner Courts.  These courts may be used as part of the "4 on 4 off" rotation, but must be vacated upon completion of your game if a group of beginners are waiting.


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    SPC Election Time! Vote Now!


    Dear Members,

    It's that time of year again – time to vote on membership dues and club officers for 2020.

    In order to proceed with the results of the vote, we need at least 10% of membership to vote.  We've set up online voting this year to make things quick and easy for you – so please, take a minute to help out the club by casting your vote.  You will find the link below.

    In early 2019 the decision was made by the members of Sunrise Pickleball Club (SPC) to increase membership dues to $50 per year. This was voted on and passed by the members. This increase would last through 2019, then revert back to the original $25 per year at the start of 2020. 

    Through a generous loan of $15,000 from the park district to SPC, and the $10,000 TOT grant program (Transient Occupancy Tax) that was awarded to SPC, and the monetary donations from members and lifetime members, our six new courts became a reality in September 2019. The cost of those courts was $52,000 plus $8,000 labor = $60,000.

    We have already paid back $4,000 of the $15,000 which leaves us with a remaining balance of $11,000. But, if the dues rate reverts back to the original $25, that amount will not support the remaining park loan amount or the following: concrete walkways around the new courts...$6,000, new LED lighting for night play...$14,000, and resurfacing cost for six courts... $6,000. This adds up to $37,000. This is the reason the SPC board is recommending that the $50 per year dues rate be kept in place. This amount breaks down to $4.17 per month per member. If 400 members pay dues of $25 per year, the total dues income is $10,000. If it remains at $50, the total dues income is $20,000. As you can see, we will not be able to pay our bills if the dues rate reverts back to $25 per year.

    In addition, any SPC Club Tournaments that raise money will be added to the club account to help pay for insurance and other bills.

    Thanks so much for your support and understanding.

    Cast your vote here:



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