Construction Progresses at Pecos Park
Work continues as post and fence holes are dug and the retaining wall starts to take shape. We are planning for at least 2 and possibly 3 tournaments this year as well as clinics and additional classes.
Anticipated finish date is set for late February or early March
Views depict the north court where fence and net holes are dug.
Pecos Park Pickleball Complex Construction Start Set
The Pecos Park Pickleball Complex plans have been permitted according the Phoenix Parks and Recreation.
The contracted vendor should begin electrical work and demo the week of Oct 9th.
The basketball and volleyball courts will be closed during construction.
Parks & Rec will have an onsite meeting with contractor to establish equipment staging area.
Courts should be open the first of March, with a grand opening possibly last week of February.
Additional information will be provided here when available
Referee Classes at Pecos Park
We will be conducting a free 2-day referee class for anyone who wants to learn how to be a pickleball referee.
The dates are October 17-18 and each day will be 2 hours of how to referee the game.
Class is limited to the first 20 people, sign up will start August 3rd at 6pm.
To register for this free class go to USAPA Referee Teaching
Prerequisite to the class is a strong knowledge of the rules. You may take a rules test to test your knowledge through the USAPA website…or click here: Rules Test
Welcome to the Pecos Park Pickleball
The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation has approved a schedule for pickleball class.
Below are the class times and types, you can register via a link to the City of Phoenix website on August 3rd starting at 6pm, or directly at the Pecos Park Community Center.
Here is the link to register online Pickleball Class Registration
Classes are limited to 8 people with one of two instructors contracted by the city.
In each class the instructors provide balls and paddles if you need one.
Please be aware that dates are subject to change and that the city reserves the right to cancel any class if a minimum of 4 students is not met.
Official Class & Clinics Schedule for Pecos Park Pickleball
Pickleball class sign up will open on August 3rd online at Pickleball Classes or in person at the Pecos Park Community Center. Classes are limited to 8 people and is subject to changes.
Following is a tentative schedule for classes and clinics at Pecos Park, all classes and clinics will be held on the outdoor courts:
• Beginners class session 1: Wednesday Evenings (6-7:30pm) starting September 13th and finishes October 4th (4 weeks/6 hours total) Instructor: Denise Smith
• Beginners class session 2: Friday Mornings (9am-10am) starting September 15 and finishes October 20th (6 weeks/6 hours total) Instructor: Denise Smith
• Intermediate class session 1: Tuesday Evenings (6pm-8pm) starting September 26th and finishes October 17th (4 weeks/8 hours total) Instructor: Steve Manolis
• Advance class session 1: Thursday Evenings (6pm-8pm) starting September 28th and finishes October 19th (4 weeks/8 hours total) Instructor: Steve Manolis
• Beginners class session 3: Monday Evenings (6:00pm-7:30pm) starting October 16th and finishes November 4th (4 weeks/6 hours total) Instructor: Denise Smith
• Beginners class session 4: Wednesday Mornings (9:00am-10:30am) starting November 8th and finishes November 29th (4 weeks/6 hours total) Instructor: Denise Smith
• 3.5 clinic session 1:Tuesday and Thursday Morning (7am-9am) starting September 26th and finishes October 5th (2 weeks/8 hours total) Instructor: Steve Manolis
• 2.5 clinic session 1: Tuesday Mornings (7am-9am) starting October24th and finishes November 14th (4 weeks/8 hours total) Instructor: Steve Manolis
• 3.0 clinic session 1: Thursday Mornings (7am-9am) starting October 26th and finishes November 16th (4 weeks/8 hours total) Instructor: Steve Manolis
• Intermediate class session 2: Tuesday Evenings (6pm-8pm) starting October 24th and finishes November 14th (4 weeks/8 hours total) Instructor: Steve Manolis
• Advance class session 2: Thursday Evenings (6pm-8pm) starting October 26th and finishes November 16th (4 weeks/8 hours total) Instructor: Steve Manolis
Beginner classes are for those brand new to pickleball. You will learn the history of the game, fundamentals of scoring, rules, and hitting. You will also learn basic shot selection, issues of safety and communications with partners. We will provide paddles and balls for use during the classes. By the end of the class you should be comfortable to play doubles with confidence and are invited to join us during regular play.
Intermediate classes are for those that have been playing for a while or have completed a beginners class and want to learn more about the game and improve skills. You will learn the essential shot selections starting from dinks and running through the basic shots. The goal of the class is to develop good shot technique and consistency with a focus on strategies of the game and when to take certain shots and why. We will provide paddles and balls for use during the classes. By the end of the class you should be able to play a a more competitive level and learn the technical aspects of shots and how to analyze and reduce errors.
Advance classes are for those that want to learn winning strategies of pickleball. You will learn to recognize opponent weaknesses and improve upon shot accuracy and consistency. The main focus of the class will be to improve consistency in shots, especially the serve and return, the dink and the drop shot. You will learn how and when to take certain shots such as the lob and slam, and how to defend against the slammers (the harder hitters). Each student will be analyzed on shot technique and court position. The advance class is designed for those that want to achieve a 3.0 or higher.
Clinic classes are for those that want to improve on a selection of basic shots. Each student will be critiqued on the technical aspects of each shot with a focus on foot movement, body and paddle position and when to take certain shots. Each day we will focus an hour on 2 shots, for instance, the first hour will be the dink and the second hour will be the drop shot. Clinic Classes are highly focus and intended to raise your level of play.
About the instructors: Both Denise Smith and Steve Manolis have been approved as contracted pickleball instructors for the City of Phoenix. Both have passed an extensive background check and are insured per the City of Phoenix vendor requirements. Denise and Steve have taught pickleball for a number of years and have been giving classes and clinics at Pecos Park since January 2017.
Denise Smith is a certified USAPA Referee and USAPA Ambassador. Denise teaches at her HOA in Ahwatukee.
Steve Manolis is a certified IPTPA Pickleball Teaching Pro, a USAPA Referee and USAPA District Ambassador. Steve also teaches pickleball for the City of Chandler and teaches at a number of HOAs in the valley.
*This website has no affiliation with Pecos Park Community Center or the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation.