Outdoor Racket Courts Facilities Project Page
On November 10. 2022, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board adopted a Master Plan for Outdoor Racket Court Facilities(PDF, 1MB).
Racket Sports like pickleball or tennis can be played indoors or outside in our beautiful parks. Two of the most popular racket sports played on public courts are pickleball and tennis.
Tennis was originally played by striking the ball with the palm of the hand. Rackets were eventually added to the game that we know now. Rackets are an open hoop handled frame that supports tightly stretched strings and are used in tennis, badmitton, and squash.
Pickleball is a paddle sport that was created by combining elements of several other racket sports. Paddles are a solid face but may be perforated with a pattern of holes or textured and used to hit the ball similar to a wiffle ball. A pickleball court is similar to badminton, with a net similar to tennis, and the paddles are similar to those in table tennis.
Pickleball is a game for all ages and is a mix of tennis, ping-pong, and badminton.
Pickleball Lincoln Programming
Pickleball Lincoln, Inc. organizes and schedules pickleball programming at Peterson Park, Ballard Park, Eden Park, Henry Park, Roberts Park, Densmore Park, and Seng Park at University Place. During the time frames identified in the Schedule below, the dual use court(s) at these parks are reserved for pickleball play. The public is welcome to participate in this programming.
Dual Use Courts Schedules(PDF, 184KB)
The game of tennis is played may be played individually with an opponent or doubles, two teams of two players each, with a racket and hollow rubber ball. A variation of the game was played with using the players palm of their hands instead of the racket.
Tennis backboards are a great way to introduce and practice the basics of tennis when you don't have an opponent. Learn several tennis basics using a backboard from USPTA Professional Sig Garnett. Backboards are currently available at the following parks in Lincoln, Nebraska: Peter Pan, Henry and Eden Parks, and soon to be installed at Mahoney. Videos by LNK TV Health.
- Air Park West
- Cooper Park, S 6th St & D St
- New tennis court and two junior sized tennis courts also striped for pickleball will soon be under construction!
- Densmore Park, 6701 S 14th St
- Highlands Park, W Harvest Dr
- Irvingdale Park, 1900 Van Dorn St
- Mahoney Park, 70th & Fremont
- Peter Pan Park, N 32nd & W St
- Piedmont Park, S 48th St & S Cotner Blvd
- Seacrest Park, S 70th & A St
- Tierra/Briarhurst Park, S 27th & Tierra
- Tyrell Park, N 67th St & Baldwin Ave
- one dedicated tennis court; one dual striped)
- Woods Park, S 33rd & J St
- Woods Tennis Center: Managed by Friends of Woods Tennis. Indoor and outdoor courts. Fee for use.
These courts are dual striped for both tennis and pickleball.
Dedicated Pickleball Courts
Call the recreation center for court times and fees for use.
Air Park Recreation Center
3720 NW 46th Street
Calvert Recreation Center
4500 Stockwell Street
Woods Tennis Center
401 S 33rd Street
About Woods Tennis Center
Beginning in 2008, Woods Tennis Center has offered affordable lessons for children and community members at our home base in Woods Park. Since then, their programs include city recreation centers, public parks and schools, local nonprofit organizations, and the Lincoln Community Learning Centers across Lincoln and the surrounding areas. Our community outreach programming provides quality coaching and equipment with research-based curriculum. Woods also offers several partial and full scholarships to children from these centers who set themselves apart in their dedication to and love for the sport to join us at our facility.
Woods Tennis Center is also proud to be a good neighbor and community organization. When courts are available, we provide racquets and free court time to residents of the surrounding neighborhoods who wish to utilize our facility.
Outdoor Racket Court Facilities Master Plan