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Two pickleball courts at Mashcraft Brewing in Fishers, IN
Back in fall of 2022, Mashcraft Brewing expanded its Fishers location by 3,500 sqft to include two pickleball courts in its outdoor patio space. ⁠ | Photo by Mashcraft Brewing via Pence Media Group
Do you know that it has been 57 years since pickleball was invented? You may have noticed that as of late, the sport that combines traditional tennis, ping-pong, and badminton has become a big dill.

In honor of National Pickleball Month, we’re sharing some places around central Indiana where you can get your pickled paddle on.

Highland Golf & Country Club, 1050 W. 52nd St. | There are six outdoor asphalt courts with permanent lines and nets. The facility includes amenities like restrooms, food, and water. A membership is required to play + you can reserve the courts.

Zip City, 6650 Bluff Rd. | This south side facility replaced its indoor soccer field with nine top-of-the-line indoor pickleball courts. Reservations can be made online for $25 per hour.

West Indy Racquet Club, 4458 Guion Rd. | WIRC is a tennis + pickleball facility with six indoor and six outdoor tennis courts with blended pickleball court lines. Pro tip: It allows members and nonmembers to play — guests pay a daily guest fee.

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WIRC has court rentals available daily with covered court backups in case of rain or wind.


Photo by @westindyracquetclub

Broad Ripple Park, 1426 Broad Ripple Ave.| There are four outdoor courts at Broad Ripple Park — but if the weather isn’t cooperating, you can find three lined courts inside the Family Center. The nets are portable. There is a drop-in fee to play.

Carmel Racquet Club, Carmel | This facility offers pickleball memberships for $100 per year. Pro tip: Join a Friday night adult pickleball party from 6 to 9 p.m. for $10 for members or $12 for nonmembers — beginners are welcomed.

Greenwood Fieldhouse, Greenwood | Looking to play indoors? This gymnasium features four lined pickleball courts. Pickleball is in play on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9
  • The Open House Open Mic Comedy Night | Tuesday, April 9 | 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. | The Melody Inn, 3826 N. Illinois St., Indianapolis | Free | Bring your best jokes and practice getting on the mic in front of an audience.
Wednesday, April 10
  • Now + Next: Community Conversation | Wednesday, April 10 | 2-4 p.m. | Central Library, 40 E. Saint Clair St., Indianapolis | Free | Join a conversation about the future of the library + share your feedback on how the Indianapolis Public Library can serve the community.
Thursday, April 11
  • Athletico Physical Therapy Free Assessments | Thursday, April 11-Thursday, Sept. 12 | 5-7 p.m. | North Mass Boulder, 1411 Roosevelt Ave., Indianapolis | Free | Stop by for a 15-minute mini evaluation to determine injuries and provide guidance.
  • DrinkCraft: Mixology 101 | Thursday, April 11 | 6-8 p.m. | The Cannon Ball Lounge, 141 Washington St., Indianapolis | $50 | Shake, stir, and sip your way through the world of cocktails from classic concoctions to innovative blends.
Friday, April 12
  • Candlelight: A Tribute to Adele | Friday, April 12 | 1:30-2:30 p.m. | Scottish Rite Cathedral, 650 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis | $35-45 | Discover the music of Adele under the gentle glow of candlelight.
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News Notes
  • You used your eclipse glasses for a few precious minutes yesterday — now what to do with them? Here’s how to avoid sending them to the landfill. (IndyStar)
  • Viral cookie company The Cavity Factory opened its first brick and mortar location this weekend at 1354 Shelby St. Keep an eye on its Instagram for daily hours and flavors.
  • Belmont Beach has officially opened for its fourth season. This year, the beach will host events including movie nights, gardening workshops, meditation classes, and nature hikes. (WTHR)
  • Country music’s mysterious masked man is coming to Indy. Orville Peck will be performing at Rock the Ruins on Sunday, June 9. Get tickets. (WTHR)
  • Have paperwork or old electronics you need to get rid of? Shred-It Day returns to the Indianapolis Zoo’s South Lot at 201 S. Harding St. on Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fees are $5 per shredding box and $20 per TV or computer monitor. (WTHR)
  • ICYMI, the Pacers clinched a massive win against the Miami Heat on Sunday. Go beyond the scoreboard for the whole story with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
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    I’m excited to start playing pickleball again now that the weather should be getting nicer. I like playing outdoors because it’s another opportunity to get fresh air and enjoy some sun. I’ve played at Craig Park in Greenwood where there are seven outdoor courts.
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