Austin will soon to be home to Texas' biggest pickleball facility, and for good reason. With leagues cropping up around the city, the sport is quickly being embraced by Austinites of all age ranges and skill levels.
Here's every location that offers pickleball in Austin, from the premier Austin Pickle Ranch to your favorite neighborhood park.
- Alamo Recreation
Center, 2100 Alamo St.:Three outdoor, covered courts, with open play on Thursdays from 3–4 p.m.
- Austin Tennis Center, 7800 Johnny Morris Rd.: Eight lighted outdoor courts with permanent nets.
- Bouldin Acres, 2027 South Lamar Blvd.: A hotspot for the city's pickleballers, Bouldin Acres is a restaurant and bar with two pay-to-play pickleball courts.
- Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile St.: One indoor court, with open play pickleball on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5:45 p.m.
- Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Rd.: Four indoor pickleball courts, with free open play from noon-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
- Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Lane: Two outdoor courts and one indoor, with open play from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
- Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 East Rundberg Lane: One indoor pickleball court, with open play from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.
- Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st St.: One outdoor court shared with basketball, no net provided.
- Little Zilker Neighborhood Park, 2016 Bluebonnet Lane: Some outdoor courts, no net provided.
- Mt. View Neighborhood Park, 9000 Middlebie Rd.: Two outdoor courts shared with tennis courts, no net provided.
- Pan American Neighborhood Park, 2100 E. 3rd St.: Three free-lighted outdoor courts.
- Rosewood Neighborhood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave.: Two outdoor courts shared with tennis courts, no net provided.
- South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd.: Four indoor courts, with open play from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays. Two additional lighted outdoor courts.
- Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W Slaughter Lane: Two indoor courts, $2 admission fee.
- Cedar Park Rec Center, 1435 Main St.: Six indoor courts, $5 admission fee, with beginner's play from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays and open play from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Fridays.
- Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane: Four indoor courts, $10 admission (free for members). Schedule: 6:30-9:30 p.m Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1p.m. Fridays, 8-11 a.m. Saturdays.
- The Quarries, 11400 N. Mopac Expy: Three indoor courts, with open play at scheduled times throughout the week.
- Veteran's Park, 2200 Veterans Drive: Four outdoor courts, with open play from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Pickle Ranch, 9110 Bluff Springs Rd.
Austin's upcoming Pickle Ranch will become one of the world's premier pickleball venues once it opens this summer. Featuring 32 pickleball courts, sand volleyball, food trucks and a music venue, the ranch will show its prominence in the pickleball sphere by hosting the first WPF World Pickleball Games in 2022. Learn more here.
Alamo Recreation Center, 2100 Alamo St.
Three outdoor, covered courts, with open play on Thursdays from 3–4 p.m.
Austin Pickleball Center, 7800 Johnny Morris Rd.
Austin Pickleball Center is now a hub for pickleball after reopening in February. It includes eight lighted outdoor courts with permanent nets.
Bouldin Acres, 2027 South Lamar Blvd.
A hotspot for the city's pickleballers, Bouldin Acres is a restaurant and bar with two pay-to-play pickleball courts.
Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center, 808 Nile St.
One indoor court, with open play pickleball on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-5:45 p.m.
Dittmar Recreation Center, 1009 W. Dittmar Rd.
Four indoor pickleball courts, with free open play from noon-3 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.
Dottie Jordan Recreation Center, 2803 Loyola Lane
Two outdoor courts and one indoor, with open play from 2-5 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Gus Garcia Recreation Center, 1201 East Rundberg Lane
One indoor pickleball court, with open play from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturdays.
Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st St.
One outdoor court shared with basketball, no net provided.
Little Zilker Neighborhood Park, 2016 Bluebonnet Lane
Some outdoor courts, no net provided.
Mt. View Neighborhood Park, 9000 Middlebie Rd.
Two outdoor courts shared with tennis courts, no net provided.
Pan American Neighborhood Park, 2100 E. 3rd St.
Three free-lighted outdoor courts.
South Austin Recreation Center, 1100 Cumberland Rd.
Four indoor courts, with open play from 6-9 p.m. on Mondays. Two additional lighted outdoor courts.
Bethany Lutheran Church, 3701 W Slaughter Lane
Two indoor courts, $2 admission fee.
Cedar Park Rec Center, 1435 Main St.
Six indoor courts, $5 admission fee, with beginner's play from 9-11 a.m. on Mondays and open play from 8:30 a.m.-noon on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Jewish Community Center, 7300 Hart Lane
Four indoor courts, $10 admission. Schedule: (JCC members free) 6:30-9:39 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, 8-11 a.m. Saturdays.
The Quarries, 11400 N. Mopac Expy
Three indoor courts, with open play at scheduled times throughout the week.
Veteran's Park, 2200 Veterans Drive
Four outdoor courts, with open play from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.
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We’ve all heard it before, ‘Austin isn’t what it used to be,’ despite residents complaining about their beloved city morphing since the 1880s. However, that’s not to say Austin hasn’t changed.
With expansive population growth, new businesses steadily flowing in, celebrities snapping up local property and constant new development, Austin is making its way through some growing pains.
Here are some of the parts of the city longtime Austinites gripe about and newcomers don't notice.
From its origins as a pseudo-red light in the 1990s to its emerging identity as a luxury shopping center and tourist destination, South Congress has been the epicenter of change in Austin. While many legacy businesses—think Prima Dora, Güero's Taco Bar and The Continental Club—are still operating, it has also seen its fair share of closures since the pandemic: Most recently, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds announced it would closing.
the south congress area is raising my blood pressure— woman (@fiorellino__1) August 6, 2022
For each closure, there has been a handful of new openings, namely along Music Lane, which was completed in spring 2020. The new strip has brought crowds to luxury stores and restaurants that are typically reserved for the likes of The Domain, like designer brand Hermès, social club Soho House and luxury perfumery Le Labo. One person's sadness about the change is anothers excitement.
Since 2019, Austin has added 32 new buildings to its skyline, with another 28 under construction and yet another 25 in the proposal stage according to a June Downtown Austin Alliance report. In the words of the antique Austin-American Statesman in 1936, “Rip Van Winkle would have rubbed his eyes in amazement,” upon seeing the difference just 10 years can bring to the skyline.
While newcomers, especially tech executives, look forward to moving into the newest high rises, they mean big changes for long-time Austinites. The new towers mean the closure of Rainey Street favorites, as well as the 4th Street Warehouse District.
Making restaurant reservations
One of the most universal complaints about the ‘new’ Austin, from locals and visitors alike, is the need to make a reservation at most restaurants in town. This is a big change for locals that have lived here most of their life—you rarely had to make reservations pre-pandemic. And while this isn't loved by newer Austinites, it's the norm they know.
While you can still find walk-in options—think Lou’s, Taquero Mucho, Magnolia Cafe and Terry Black’s Barbecue—most restaurants with two or more dollar signs on reservation sites like Resy are likely to require a reservation… likely a month or more in advance.According to Open Table, some of the hardest places to get a reservation are celebrity hotspot Aba, James Beard Foundation Award-winning restaurant El Naranjo, Lady Bird Lake rooftop bar P6, sushi restaurant Uchi and farm-to-table restaurant Emmer & Rye. You’ll need to break out your calendar for those.
This massive development in North Austin is the go-to stop for luxury brands like Gucci, Anthropologie, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Restoration Hardware. Split into two sides: The Domain and Domain NORTHSIDE. Originally opened in 2007, The Domain has changed drastically in its 15 years of business and is often called Austin’s “second downtown” but that still doesn’t change the fact that it still feels like a new area to longtime residents.Smart City apartment locator Maddie Hastings said she doesn’t often lease locals at The Domain, mostly people from out of town, and when she does, they don’t typically stay more than a year. Still, for newcomers, it's a fun development to work, eat and play.
Austin FC vs. UT
Verde has yet to stamp out that burnt orange cult following in town. Austin FC has gained a steady following despite only being on its second MLS season, but the University of Austin has strength in numbers from the hundreds of thousands of Longhorns who have graduated from the famous school living both in and outside of Austin.
Longhorns fans are often older Austnites or those that have graduated from the school. But for newer Austnites, they don't have a connection to the school and are instantly welcomed into the diverse and fresh MLS team.
That said, Austin FC and Longhorn fans seem to be peacefully coexisting, with part-owner and UT alum Matthew McConaughey saying "the more, the merrier."
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The stars aligned for a breakthrough discovery.
A collaborative team led by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin has found that star formation is a self-regulatory process. This understanding could lead to more information on star formation within our own and far away galaxies.
Every population of stars in our galaxy, and in the dwarf galaxies surrounding us, has the same balance for the mass distribution of stars, or what astronomers call the initial mass function. This has confused astronomers for decades since the stars in other galaxies were born under different conditions over billions of years.
So the researchers carried out simulations that were the first of their kind. Essentially, they follow the formation of individual stars in a collapsing giant cloud while also capturing how these newly formed stars interact with their surroundings by giving off light and shedding mass in a phenomenon known as “stellar feedback.”
“For a long time, we have been asking why,” said Dávid Guszejnov, a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Astronomy at UT. “Our simulations followed stars from birth to the natural endpoint of their formation to solve this mystery.”
The research was completed on two of the most powerful supercomputers in the world and was part of an initiative known as the STARFORGE Project, which is co-lead by UT Austin and the Carnegie Observatories.
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