More ways to play pickleball

Pickleball is America’s fastest-growing sport and provides a wonderful opportunity for the community to enjoy a healthy activity with friends and neighbors. To accommodate the growing demand in Highland Park, the Park District offers leagues and lessons and is adding more opportunities to play pickleball indoors and outdoors!

Outdoor Courts

  • Brown Park  (655 Burton Ave) 2 tennis/pickleball combo courts
  • Danny Cunniff Park (2700 Trail Way) 16 pickleball courts
  • Old Elm Park (3420 Krenn Ave) 2 tennis/pickleball combo courts
  • Sunset Woods Park (1801 Sunset Rd)  2 lighted tennis/pickleball combo courts 
    • Lighting Schedule
      • April-May | Dusk – 9 pm 
      • Memorial Day-Labor Day | Dusk – 10 pm 
      • Sept-Oct | Dusk – 9 pm 
      • Nov-Mar | No Lights
  • Woodridge Park (150 Barberry Rd) 2 pickleball courts

Outdoor Pickleball Guidelines

If courts are open and no one is waiting, you can use any available court.

Once courts are full, players are required to use the rack system to determine the order of play as follows:

All Park District programs have priority use of the courts. Only Park District staff are permitted to provide lessons on the courts; each occurrence subject to a FINE: PD Ord. Sec. 6.02; 7.01; 2.33 (d). Pickleball play only on these courts – no rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles or dogs allowed. Play is prohibited when snow or ice are present. Shoveling is strictly prohibited.

Danny Cunniff Park Pickleball Courts & Open Play

NEW!!!  This season 10 additional pickleball courts have been added to the existing bank of six courts. 

Open Play Times have been established at the Danny Cunniff Park pickleball courts to promote the game for individual players on the following days and times:

Beginner/Intermediate: Courts 1-6
Intermediate/Advanced: Courts 7-16

During these times:

Indoor Courts

Open play at the Recreation Center of Highland Park

  • Drop-in. Reservations are not needed.
  • Players can play a game and additional players waiting will rotate in to play.
  • Open Pickleball is included in Basic and All-Inclusive Memberships of the Recreation Center of Highland Park. Sign up for a membership today!
  • Non-member cost: $7 Resident | $9 Non-resident (Punch Passes available)

DayFall, Winter, SpringSummer (June 12-October 1)
Monday11am-3pm, 8-9pm7-9am; 8-9pm
Wednesday11am-3pm, 8-9pm7-9am; 8-9pm

Play at the Deer Creek Racquet Club

Fall, Winter, SpringSummer

Members may reserve one week in advance. Non-members may reserve 24 hours in advance with pre-payment.  Individual players’ shares of the court fees are calculated based upon membership and/or residency status.

  • Spectators are not allowed on courts
  • Water is the only beverage allowed on the courts
  • No personal hoppers are allowed

Frequently Asked Questions

Are outdoor reservations required?

No, all courts are first come, first serve.

Are rules posted at the outdoor courts?

Yes, staff has posted rules to govern the use of all Park District Courts. Players will self-monitor the rules and use of the courts.

Can you reserve an outdoor court?

No, all courts are first come, first serve.

Do you offer programming?

Yes, Deer Creek Racquet Club offers a variety of league and drill classes. Click here.

How can I reserve a court inside?

Indoor court reservations are available at Deer Creek Racquet Club. Reservations can be made by calling 847.433.5450.

Is there open play at any outdoor courts?

Yes, Danny Cunniff offers open play. Open play times is listed above.

When are the outdoor pickleball courts be available?

Courts are available year-round; they are closed during winter months while snow is on the ground.

Where is Deer Creek Racquet Club?

701 Deercreek Parkway

Highland Park, IL 60035


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