If you are searching for a good Pickleball game in Santa Monica, California, look no further than Memorial Park.
Memorial Park has the PERFECT set-up with at least 12 Pickleball Courts and sometimes 16 available for playing from 8 am PT to 1 pm PT every single Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Before arriving, a few things to KNOW:
Parking @ Memorial Park: You are free to park next to the main building for 3 hours MAX, which is plenty of time. If you can’t find parking next to the courts, there’s metered parking on the streets.
What to Bring: It’s usually quite HOT at Memorial Park -- so be sure to bring strong sunscreen, cold water in a water bottle, a hat, sunglasses, and a towel. If you don’t have Pickleball balls (yet) or a paddle, that’s okay! Most players bring extra balls and you can borrow one from Doug, who runs it all.
Arrival: When you first arrive, ask for Doug. He’ll get you set-up with everything you could possibly need. Where and how much to pay, sign-up, borrow a paddle and a good court for your skill level. If you’re lucky, he might even play a game with you!
Payment and Sign-Up: Make sure to bring cash! It’s ONLY $2 dollars if you’re a local, and $4 dollars if you’re not. Lots of people play, so there’s plenty of change.
Getting a Game: Once you’ve paid, signed in, and found yourself a paddle -- look to find a game with someone at your level. If it's your VERY first time, ask Doug to help you find a partner and a game, and he'll likely teach you the rules, ropes and a good spot to play.
Skill Levels: Memorial Park has a nice variety of skill levels and mixed doubles games, so whether you’re just getting started out or you're a 4.0 -- you should be able to find a fun yet competitive game. The competition is better on Saturdays and Sundays, because more people are playing!
That should get you started! If you’re still not sure what to do, show up at one of the times below and ask where to go or find DOUG. Everyone is VERY friendly and welcoming !
Memorial Park Address:
1401 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Saturdays: 8 am PT --1 pm PT
Sundays: 8 am PT --1 pm PT
Wednesdays: 8 am PT --1 pm PT
Wednesdays: 5 pm PT - 9 pm PT (Night games!)