Summer Pickleball at Mark Russell Recreation Center

This information is from Huntsville Parks and Recreation. The Location & Times page will be updated when needed.

This summer, we are trying to accommodate many programs and sports at the Mark Russell Recreation Center, such as our Summer Camp program and ongoing fitness classes.  In order to do this, we are going to have to revise the Summer Pickleball schedule.  We will be removing some morning times (Mondays and Tuesdays), but we will also be adding some additional evening and specialty times.  These times are only for June 3-July 26.  Please see the details below.


Please read and follow these times and age requirements as we will be enforcing them this summer.


  1. Family/Youth Pickleball for families with youth ages 15 and younger to play in timed sessions—Thursdays from 4-7:45 p.m.
  2. Social Pickleball ages 16 and up to play in timed sessions—Tuesday nights from 5-7:45 p.m. (except June 25); Wednesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fern Bell gym floor refinishing update.

Originally the Fern Bell Gym was scheduled to not be available for pickleball from 01-Apr-2024 thru 28-Apr-2024 because the gym floors are being refinished. We were notified today that the gym will not be available until mid to late May of 2024. We’ll keep you updated on our website.

As of 17-May-2024, Huntsville Parks and Recreation does not yet have a firm date as to when Fern Bell will be available for pickleball.

Additional Pickleball play times are now available.

Now that youth basketball has ended, additional play times are available as follows:

Saturday Open Play at Fern Bell is back. Hours on Saturday are from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Evening open play at Challenger Gym is now available Monday thru Friday from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Hours during HCS Spring Break (3/11-3/15) are as follows: Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Monrovia Community Center – No Pickleball dates in June

Monrovia Community Center will not have pickleball on the following dates in June: 

June 16: basketball tournament

June 19: closed 

June 20: Another event

June 21: We are able to have the beginner up to 3.0, which is normally 9am-11am (M-F).  No pickleball after 12:30pm for the 3.0 and above, which is normally 11am-2pm (MWF)

Temporary schedule change for Challenger gym.

Because it is Fall Break next week (October 3rd thru October 7th), Challenger gym will change its schedule for next week only.  Monday through Friday it will be open for pickleball 9 am – Noon. The gym closes at 6 pm, so there will be no evening play.