State’s largest facility planned for Austin


Prepared for some pickleball?

The game, which has been rising in reputation amongst each Child Boomers and youthful gamers, is the star of a brand new sports activities and leisure complicated deliberate for Southeast Austin.

The Austin Pickle Ranch might be constructed at 9110 Bluff Springs Highway, north of Slaughter Lane in Travis County. Whereas pickleball will take heart courtroom, the venture may even function a variety of different actions, stated Tim Klitch, former Austin market president for Comerica Financial institution and co-founder of the Austin Pickle Ranch.

Klitch and co-founder Daniel Keelan, an Austin tech trade veteran, bought the 13-acre property in June and anticipate to open the Pickle Ranch in mid 2021.

Plans embody:

• 32 pickleball courts, making it the most important pickleball facility in Texas

• 4 sand volleyball courts

• An outdoor cell stage for reside live shows and company occasions

• Outside Pilates, yoga, boot camp and spin courses taught by accomplice Todd Pilates

• A one-acre outdoor canine park

• Desk tennis, cornhole, bocce and different yard video games

Pickleball was created in 1965 within the Seattle space and is the fastest-growing participation sport within the U.S., in response to the Sports activities Health Trade Affiliation. Pickleball is a mix of badminton, tennis and ping pong and is performed on a courtroom that’s a few quarter of the dimensions of a tennis courtroom.

Klitch, a former faculty tennis participant who briefly performed professionally, found pickleball after a dust bike accident in 2019 required him to have two surgical procedures and put on a sling on his left arm.

“All I might do was play pickleball, and it stored me from going loopy,” Klitch stated. 

“The sport is approach simpler in your physique, it is far more social, it is far more enjoyable,” he stated. “What actually obtained me interested by the Pickle Ranch was watching 20-somethings with no background in tennis or pickleball come out and play and seeing the grins on their faces. I had by no means seen a sport the place individuals might simply choose it up on the spot and have enjoyable.”

The Austin Pickle Ranch might be open to the general public and also will function a regional and nationwide coaching facility for AAU Pickleball, which promotes sports activities packages for all contributors of all ages.

“We consider that pickleball could be a life altering sport for low to reasonable earnings youth, and are happy with the dedication of courtroom time, programming and tools that the Ranch is making to youth in Austin and all through the Texas area,” Mike Nelson, AAU Pickleball government director, stated in an announcement.

Austin has various devoted pickleball courts, however rising curiosity within the sport could make touchdown an area difficult, Klitch stated.

Different amenities in Austin embody Austin Tennis and Pickleball Middle in Northeast Austin which has eight outdoor courts, South Austin Recreation Middle which has two outdoor courts on tennis courts and Bouldin Acres, an indoor-outdoor leisure facility in South Austin.

Justin Maloof, government director of USA Pickleball, a sanctioning physique for the game, stated “Our sport is turning into so well-liked that in lots of locations like Austin courtroom availability is one among our greatest challenges. We’re excited to see the Austin Pickle Ranch be constructed to serve the wants of the every day informal participant in addition to a state-of-the-art league and event venue.”

Tim Klitch, left, and Daniel Keelan are co-founders of the Austin Pickle Ranch, a sports and entertainment complex planned in Southeast Austin. [CONTRIBUTED]
A rendering of the Austin Pickle Ranch, a sports and entertainment complex planned in Southeast Austin. [TIM KLITCH]