Facility Availability during the Holidays.

Huntsville Parks & Recreation centers and facilities will be closed Dec. 24-25. Centers with regular Sunday hours will be open Sunday, Dec. 26.

The City of Huntsville’s municipal offices will be closed for all non-essential personnel in observance of the New Year’s holiday on Friday, Dec. 31, and will reopen Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.

Update on facility closings due to floor refinishing.

We were just notified that gym floor refinishing at some of the facilities will start one day earlier than originally scheduled.  This may be because the refinishing project at Optimist has been delayed. The court tape at Optimist has already been removed, so play is not available at this time. Depending on the delay, we may re-tape the court. Please check the website https://www.pickleball-huntsville.com/locations.php for updates. Here is the latest information available to us:

  • ALL Huntsville recreation centers will be closed on Monday, September 6th, 2021 for Labor Day.
  • Fern Bell will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Monday, August 30, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 7th.
  • Shurney will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 8th.
  • Max Luther will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Thursday, September 2, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 8th.
  • Brahan Spring will be closed for floor refinishing starting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. We’re hoping to have it ready for play by September 12th.

Floor Resurfacing at Huntsville Gyms

Floors will be resurfaced at Fern Bell (starting Monday), Optimist Park (starting Tuesday), Shurney Center (starting Thursday), Max Luther (starting Friday).  The Club will need to retape the floors before we can play again.  We’re hoping to have Fern Bell ready by Tuesday morning September 7, Optimist Park by Tuesday afternoon Sept 7, Shurney Center by Wednesday September 8, and Max Luther by Wednesday September 8.  We have to work around the holiday weekend.  The dates the courts will be ready may change.  Weather can dictate how quickly the courts can cure and it looks like there may be some hurricane driven rain in our forecast next week.  I’ll try to keep you updated!

Kate Lahti

A lot of new information for Huntsville Pickleball players.

Dear Pickleball Friends,

This is going to be a long, informative email so please keep reading to the end!  It probably won’t be the last email you receive from me this week, either.  Sorry!

Here is the information I received from Mr. Ivey, the director of Huntsville Parks and Recreation.

Max Luther – the gym is about 30 days out from completion.

Berachah – the earliest opening would be October for both the gym and outside courts.

Sandra Moon Outdoors – The restrooms were vandalized and work orders have been placed to have those fixed, but there is no completion date at this time.

Because of extenuating circumstances, windscreens are still 2-3 weeks away.

Trash cans were delivered today.  Please remember to pick up after yourselves.  Water and gatorade bottles have been left behind.  Even if club members didn’t leave the trash, let’s help pick up the courts and the surrounding area.

Sandra Moon Indoors – completion for pickleball is at least one to two years out.

Hampton Cove will not open until late October and pickleball will be scheduled once opened.

The Huntsville Sports Commission is looking into scheduling pickleball tournaments in the future.

I did add a follow up question asking if there is any projection when the recreation centers will be open evenings and weekends.  I’lll update when I know.  I have not heard back about a firm date for the Senior Center opening for pickleball.

Other important information:

If you are playing indoors, PLEASE sign in legibly and also PLEASE put a check mark after your name if your age is 60+.  Our site reps must report attendance numbers to the Senior Center and your cooperation will make their jobs a bit easier.  We do not report your name but need to report numbers of regular club members (why we need to be able to actually read your name) vs visitors and numbers for those over 60.

Registration for the Alabama State Games in Dothan can be found at https://www.asffoundation.org/alabama-state-games.  If the games were to be canceled a full and immediate refund for registration will be given. Pickleball events are scheduled for Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1.

Registration is also open for the USAPA USA Atlantic South Regional Tournament in Foley, AL.  Dates are August 21-23.  Some events are already full.  You must be a USAPA member to play in this tournament.  Information can be found at https://www.pickleballtournaments.com/tournamentinfo.pl?tid=3584.

Reminder that all members of the Huntsville Pickleball club can receive a 5% discount on all items ordered from Pickleball Central.  In addition, our club will get a dollar value equal to 5% of your purchase added to our club’s Reward Account that can be used to purchase equipment for our club. To get the discount enter the following information at checkout:  Club name: Huntsville Pickleball Club.  Club discount code: CRHuntsville

FINALLY, at our board meeting on June 22 we will be discussing if and how our club could financially contribute to making the pickleball experience in Huntsville even better.  Some ideas include purchasing court dividers, bleachers or sun shades for our outdoor venues.  If you have any other ideas for us to consider, please let me know.

If you have read this to the end, may the net be your friend!

Kate Lahti

Berachah Gymnasium to be closed for floor refinishing.

Berachah Gymnasium will be closed starting on December 2nd of 2019 for floor refinishing. Plans are to have the gym open for play by December 9th after taping is complete on December 9th, dependent upon getting access to re-tape the floors.

Evening play at Berachah Gymnasium will not be available on December 10, 2019 because the facility will be used for a city election.