In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this July, Willamalane Park and Recreation District and Emerald Valley Pickleball Club are highlighting pickleball as an accessible recreation opportunity. The sport is easily accessible and adaptable for people who use a wheelchair.

Emerald Valley Pickleball Club has information about rules for players in wheelchairs on their website at evpbc.com/rules. The main difference from standing play is allowing for a double-bounce instead of a single-bounce only.
Anyone interested in learning more about this adapted sport and how to play locally can contact Roger Schaljo, Club President. Visit evpbc.com/contact to connect.

In 2017, Willamalane and Emerald Valley Pickleball Club converted tennis courts to pickleball courts at Willamalane’s Meadow Park, 851 Mill Street. These are one of the very few outdoor pickleball courts in the region, and the only ones in Springfield. Since 2017, the sport has only grown in popularity locally and the courts have experienced very heavy use.

The local recreation organizations are proud to celebrate the milestone with increased access for the local community and to continue to dedicate resources to make recreational opportunities accessible and available to everyone. Visit Willamalane.org/ADA to learn more about recreational inclusion and accessibility.

COVID-19 Considerations
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and considerations, Willamalane’s indoor courts remain closed and Emerald Valley Pickleball Club is not hosting regular free clinics. However, once fully reopened, both organizations are looking forward to increasing access to pickleball for players who use a wheelchair.

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