First outdoor pickleball courts planned for Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City is jumping on the bandwagon of a growing sport in South Dakota – pickleball.

Canyon Lake Activity Center took their first dig at new pickleball courts during a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.

Pickleball team organizers struck golden shovels into the grounds where six outdoor pickleball courts will be built by June 2019.

The activity center currently has three indoor courts, but the outdoor fields will be the first public playing areas in Rapid City.

Pickleball has been gaining popularity in Sioux Falls, and Rapid City players are hoping to see their sport grow west of the Missouri.

Gary Miller, pickleball director for Canyon Lake Activity Center, said he would like to see people of all ages playing the game.

“I go to Sioux Falls occasionally and play over there. They’ve got six really nice outdoor courts and they’re talking about expansion,” Miller said. “This is just going to open up pickleball for a lot more people in Rapid City, and we’re hoping … to get some younger people involved in playing pickleball in Rapid City.”

The activity center hosts a new player orientation every Monday at 5 p.m. for those interested in trying out the sport. You must be 21 or older to join the activity center’s pickleball club.

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