How to Fund Your New Pickleball Courts

The old saying, no longer as politically correct, “There are a million ways to skin a cat” (not an activity we condone), has an element of truth in it. It’s certainly true that there are perhaps dozens of ways to fund the construction of pickleball courts and a pickleball complex. Virtually every day we hear about yet another approach. They run from being relatively simplistic, (not in the negative way), at the City Courts in Surprise where most of the money came from the local clubs cooperatively running a series of fund-raising tournaments (successful!), to the relatively more complex, e.g in Bend, Oregon, where our fundraising efforts were multifaceted to say the least.

One of the interesting things about the Bend, Oregon scenario was that we, the Bend Pickleball Club (BPC), were running a fundraising program to raise 50% of the cost of construction of eight courts on land owned and managed by the Bend Parks and Recreation District (BPRD). This in turn required our building and submitting (for approval by BPRD) a formal funding plan.

If we had NOT done this funding plan, BPRD Senior Staff would not have been able, in good conscience, to go to their Board of Directors and request the other 50% of the cost of construction. And then we would have remained where we were when BPC came into the picture in Bend, way, way down the priority list, somewhere deep behind the construction of a (second) skateboard park, a controllable white-water area for competitive kayaking on the Deschutes River, the completion of additional miles of expansion of the city-wide bike/hike trail system, and so on. We were, until this funding plan was built, an afterthought. After the plan was built, submitted and approved, we were further up in line. After working for months we were an overnight success. .

This document, offered here with the kind permission of BPRD, not only gives you the detail of our plan with them but shows the kind of activities we did.

Probably as important, it shows, through the mutual edits visible in the document, the kind of back-and-forth you will probably need to have if you choose to partner with a City or County Agency including a Parks and Recreation District. We think this is a good understanding to have prior to engaging in this type of longer-term activity.

The following documents are samples of various other things we put out to help mount the campaign. Some of them are just collateral to various events, some are more than that. Take a look.

  1. Press Release
  2. Bend Bulletin article
  3. Another Bend Bulletin article
  4. Over the Top event program flyer
  5. Coordinating Document for Marketing Materials
  6. Flyer for Fund-Raiser Tournament
  7. ABC Widget Proposal for Sponsorship
  8. Schedule of Events (part of General Meeting announcement)
  9. AJ’s Notes (preparation before a TV interview)

More to come here…check back…..

10 Comments

  • March 11, 2019

    We just have 2 old tennis courts we play on. We would love to get a grant to turn the courts into 4 courts?

    • Us
      April 11, 2019

      We suspect you are asking if we have any current information on grants? If so, we do not. We would, however, suggest that instead of a grant, which is hard to obtain and takes forever generally to complete, that you start a private fund-raising effort. We have various documents on this site about our own efforts but encourage others to post their experiences here as well. Overall, cost of redoing two old tennis courts into four courts is probably a wide range depending on many factors not the least among which would be “concrete vs. asphalt” etc. Suggest before you begin fun-raising at all that you select a potential court builder and get a rough estimate from him/her. If possible create a sketch as well – you will need it for fund-raising in order to communicate with the community.

  • Jane cason
    February 23, 2019

    I would like info for a town that does not have public courts for tennis or pickle ball. Sounds like some great info is available.

    • Us
      April 11, 2019

      You obviously have been through the information on our site. If that doesn’t give you what you need, we could suggest joining the USAPA (USA Pickleball Association) if you haven’t already and then look on their site for the Ambassador section. Find the one who represents your area and contact her/him. They are all volunteers who donate their time rather selflessly to those in their area who are trying to grow the sport. If you do not get a response, which sometimes occurs when a change in Ambassador is afoot, you may want to go back to the USAPA.org site and look for the person currently in charge of the Ambassador program and tell them about your situation. Best of luck.

  • Jon
    January 30, 2018

    Your site provides wonderful insights. I’m working in Tallahassee, Fla toward a club, and your data is invaluable. How are your documents coming over to googledocs? I’d love to glean from all your hard work and success.

    Tallahassee ONLY has some ‘taped’ indoor courts, a few outside, and NO actual standard courts I’m aware of!

    Our hope is that we can get going here…and help grow this sport some more.

    • Us
      February 11, 2018

      Thanks for your kind words. We have used Googledocs and Dropbox to provide downloadable documents. We only allow access to one document at a time so either works for that purpose.

  • DeAnn Campbell
    October 3, 2017

    I would love a copy of these documents as well. Thanks

  • Maggie Winter
    May 8, 2017

    Tried opening “This Document” and I get an error message, “Can’t find the page”. Is there another location where I can see the detailed funding plan and activities for the Bend P-ball Club?
    Thanks

    • Us
      September 7, 2017

      There will be, once we migrate all 1,000 documents on this site to GoogleDocs. We do NOT recommend DropBox as a public folder environment. Just whining….to your question, give us a month. Sorry about the delay.

      • Theron S.
        March 5, 2020

        Are the documents available at this time?

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