FALCON RECREATION CENTER (INDOORS)

The Falcon Recreation Center is in the northeast corner of Palatine, located directly behind the Toyota dealership on the corner of Rand Road (Rt 12) and Hicks Road. It’s address is 2195 N Hicks Road. The phone number is 847-202-5111. There are six courts, and balls are provided.

Our indoor season runs from mid-September through late May. We have 8:00 to Noon sessions for Players 50+ on Monday and Friday. Players are assigned their games so everyone should have a good and competitive time. Newcomers will be asked to evaluate their experience or level, to help in their first court assignment. After that Chuck or Dana will have an idea of how to pair each player who’s new to this gym.

On Wednesday, anyone at least 18 years of age can play. On these days a “next four paddles” approach is used, though players can create their own groups, by putting their paddles at the end of the line. There are almost always demo paddles available which can be tried out and bought or ordered, if desired. The fee for Monday and Friday is $6 for everyone, with $50/resident & $60/non-resident, 10-play passes that never expire may be purchased. Your first visit will be free, if you identify yourself as a first-timer. Wednesdays at Falcon & all Birchwood sessions (see below) are $4 for everyone, with $30/resident & $40/non-resident, 10-play passes that never expire are available.

BIRCHWOOD PARK (INDOORS)

Birchwood Park has three courts in a nicely lit gym with no glare and few extra lines. Birchwood is in the southwest corner of Palatine, at 435 W Illinois Street. The phone number is 847-991-1960. The Palatine Park District makes daytime and evening time available to us here, whenever possible. For the summer of 2019 these are limited to 6:30-8:30 on both Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Our monthly newsletter will pass on to members any new play times at this facility.

HARPER COLLEGE (INDOORS)

Located in the far southwest corner of town, up to six courts will be found in Bldg M. Enter from Algonquin Rd. It’s the first building on your left. You’ll enter through the same door as the health facility uses, but turn right to get to the sports desk. It’s $5 per visit. Monday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

HAMILTON RESERVOIR

Having opened late June, 2019, Palatine now boasts what many believe to be the finest, flattest, and, certainly, best-looking courts in the area. LOCATED AT 1937 n Smith Street in Palatine, the six-courts are in two, adjacent cages. The three on the south are for recreational players, while the three on the north are for more competitive players. Anyone can go wherever he/she wishes to play, but if one wins three, consecutive time on the rec courts, it’s time to move to the other cage. Similarly, if one loses three, consecutive times on the north courts, it’ time to give the rec courts a try.

Our Picklers Handyman Jim has created four PVC slotted pipes which hang near the doors of each cage. When a game ends, winners put their paddles on the “In” side of the winners’ tube. Losers put theirs on the “In” side of the lower rack designated for those who just lost. When a court opens, someone removes the four paddles nearest the “Out” end of the rack that bears the “next up” clip and moves that clip to the other rack.

Also, when a court opens those still playing move their game to the east. This reduces the congestion around the entry door and paddle racks.

TIMES: The cages are never locked so play is possible from early morning until 10:00 p.m. when the lights shut off. Expect Picklers to be on the courts EVERY day of the week throughout summer and well into fall, from 8:30 to 11:30 or so. Also, Wednesday evening from 8:00 to 10:00 is a publicized time to play.

Currently, the only “reserved” time for a specific group is Wednesday morning when the two easternmost court in the competitive cage are for 4.25+ level players who are scheduled to play on specific Wednesdays. If you’re of that level and would like to participate with this group, email us at PalatinePiclers@gmail.com with your name, phone, and level. We’ll have the Scheduler get back to you.

We expect the Palatine Park District to install windscreens on the South, West, and North sides in the near future. Also, we understand a storage box will arrive soon which we’ll hope to keep stocked with balls and broom/s. Balls are purchased by Bear with donations from members. Donations can be anonymously put in the purple Crown Royal bag which hangs on his “Bear Chair” inside the cage where he’s playing.

SYCAMORE PARK (OUTDOORS)

This two pickleball and one, multi-use tennis court facility is located at the corner of Carpenter and Clark Streets. Now that Hamilton courts are open and popular, Sycamore gets any morning overflow. Throughout the summer, Wednesday mornings see these courts reserved for our free mentoring sessions. (Ask us for the time … into the first week of July these run from 10:30 to Noon, but we’ll be voting on possibly moving them to 9:00 to 10:30 when it’s a little cooler.)

We have scheduled sessions here Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 or later and Sunday 4:00 to 6:00 or later. As popular as these sessions have been in prior years, Hamilton is having an impact on these so consider them hit or miss … just show up at the starting time, not 15 minutes later, or others may have already shown up, given up, and left.

A storage box just outside the fence contains balls, chair/s, a flag to mount for wind direction, and, perhaps a paddle or two for loan while on the courts.

LOCUST PARK (OUTDOORS)

This Morris Street facility is identical to Sycamore Park, except for not having a fountain or temporary toilet. The club provides balls that we keep in a small box hanging on the inside of the entry gate. Donations for balls are always welcome. If Bear and his Bear Chair aren’t playing where you are, you can email us at PalatinePicklers@gmail.com and we’ll send you instructions for mailing a check.

There are no set times for our play at Locust, but it’s an ideal spot for Wednesday morning action, when both Hamilton and Sycamore have limited open play.