Planning and Improvements

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION:

703-324-8533
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 421
Fairfax, Virginia

Aimee Vosper,
Deputy Director

Pickleball Study & Planning

Department Resources


FCPA PICKLEBALL STUDY

The comprehensive study, which began in 2020, was conducted by a cross-divisional Park Authority team and engaged with the local pickleball stakeholder groups. The study utilized the results from a countywide survey asking participants to provide information about their preferences when playing pickleball and input about best practices and facility needs. The public input received throughout the study coupled with this in-depth research, benchmarking, and analysis informed the findings and recommendations in the Pickleball Study Report. 

Some of the study’s recommendations are listed below:

  • Existing shared use pickleball courts sharing a central tennis net (one on one) should be updated to the recommended (two on one) layout with movable nets as recommended in this report. Converting these existing courts will create several locations with four pickleball courts to better facilitate group play. 
     
  • Using future park bonds and other funding sources, consider the design and construction of at least two pickleball-only facilities suitable for large group drop-in play and tournaments (six or more courts). Dedicated tennis court/s that are determined to be underutilized or shared-use courts that are primarily used for pickleball within the Park Authority’s inventory should be prioritized for conversion to a dedicated pickleball complex prior to considering building a new complex. 
     
  • Use the County’s existing public court inventory to create pickleball opportunities as part of ongoing maintenance efforts. 
     
  • Plan for pickleball in new locations through the park master planning process. 

The Fairfax County Park Authority Board endorsed the Park Authority Pickleball Study Report at their regular meeting on December 8, 2021. The report will serve as a guiding document for Park Authority pickleball site planning criteria, design, and operations of pickleball facilities. The full final report including the survey appendix can be accessed at the link below.

Final Pickleball Study Report

FCPA PARKS WITH PICKLEBALL FACILITIES

As of September 2022, FCPA has 63 pickleball courts offered throughout the County and continues to develop more. To find pickleball courts, please use our Park Locator online map.  Turn on the “Pickleball Lined Court” filter to see which parks have a tennis or basketball court lined for pickleball.

FUTURE PICKLEBALL FACILITIES

The development of new pickleball courts are planned annually that funded primarily by allocated court maintenance funds and approved bond funding. The courts in the below lists meet the site selection criteria identified in the Pickleball Study and have been prioritized by staff based on a variety of considerations, including safety, appearance, equitable allocation or resources, and overall usage. These lists are subject to change and is dependent upon available funding at the time of construction.

FISCAL YEAR 2022 PLANNED COURT IMPROVEMENTS

Park Supervisory District Type # of Pickleball Facilities Status Details Project Webpage
Burgundy Lee Shared 4 Open to Public 2 tennis courts to be updated to shared-use with pickleball N/A
McLean Central Dranesville Shared 4 Open to Public 2 shared-use courts to be updated to current standard of 2 pickleball facilities per court https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/planning-development/development/mcleancentralpark
Chalet Woods Sully Shared 4 In Design 2 shared-use courts to be updated to current standard of 2 pickleball facilities per court N/A
Lewinsville Dranesville Dedicated/Shared 6 Under Construction 1 tennis court to be converted into 4 dedicated pickleball courts; one tennis court to be updated to shared-use

https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/planning-development/development/lewinsville

George Washington Mount Vernon Dedicated/Shared 10 Open to Public 2 tennis courts to be converted into 6 dedicated pickleball courts; two tennis courts to be updated to shared-use https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/planning-development/development/george-washington

 

 

FISCAL YEAR 2023 PLANNED COURT IMPROVEMENTS

Park Supervisory District Type # of Pickleball Facilities Status Details Project Webpage
Chandon Dranesville Shared 4 In Design 2 tennis courts to be updated to shared-use with pickleball N/A
Rutherford Braddock Shared 4 In Design 2 tennis courts to be updated to shared-use with pickleball N/A
Hogge Mason Dedicated 2 Under Construction 2 new dedicated pickleball courts as part of new park development

https://fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/park-news/2022/z-ir032

North Hill Mount Vernon Dedicated 2 Under Construction 2 new dedicated pickleball courts as part of new park development

https://fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/planning-development/development/north_hill_park

 

MORE INFORMATION

For further information, please contact the Public Information Office at parkmail@fairfaxcounty.gov

 

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