Pickleball begins new Era in SaddleBrooke with 8 new courts

VIA SBINSIDER|  September 1st

A major upgrade to the Ed Robson pickleball facility that is situated in a canyon on land that also has RV storage and abuts HOA1 homes, opened to riotous applause Friday, September 1st.

Shawne Cryderman and Jim Schlote emceed and the crowd of about 200 players heard about the long journey to make the new courts, Ramada and parking lot a reality. With this upgrade, the total number of courts jumped from 6 to 14 total. The Ramada was donated by the Hovans.

The project was carefully nurtured by the club through many obstacles including the cost doubling over time and parcels that had to be combined with 3 different owners involved. Plus the hoops that Pinal County required for land use, setbacks and noise abatement. Through it all, member Ed Szympruch, stayed calm and on course. According to the SPA members, the next addition will be shade sails over the courts.

In an email from USA Pickleball District Ambassador (Tucson and So. Arizona), Tom Starrs wrote: 

Kudos to USA Pickleball Association Ambassador Shawne Cryderman who co-chaired the process of raising money and getting sponsors to add an additional 8 pickleball courts (to their original 6 courts from 2012) in SaddleBrooke, AZ which has over 730 members in their pickleball club. Cost overruns nearly doubled the final tab to ~$1.5MM and construction delays stretched the project out to 4.5 years.
SaddleBrooke residents who want to try the sport of pickleball can do so easily. Browse to www.sbrpickleball.club and signup.

All photos provided by Terry Heggy.


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Gloria Wolf
1 year ago

What a great photo!

Jay Wilson
1 year ago

Magnificent Pickleball facilities for SB to be proud of. The opening coincides with great Pickleball coverage on The Tennis Channel. Everyone, including the players of both games, look forward to friendly, peaceful relationships now that we have our respective courts for the enjoyment of two fine sports. Jay