City of Gulf Shores breaks ground for new pickleball courts at Gulf Shores Sportsplex

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Lauren Traywick • City of Gulf Shores
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Ally Dorrough, APR • Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events
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GULF SHORES, ALA. – The City of Gulf Shores and Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events held a groundbreaking ceremony for their long-awaited pickleball courts on Wednesday, June 22, 2022.

The 12 new lighted regulation-size pickleball courts will be located at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex (19025 Oak Road West) on the east side of the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium. The total cost for this project is $780,000, with funding to be split between the City of Gulf Shores and Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events. The courts will be constructed by American Tennis Courts, Inc. from Mobile, Alabama.

"As pickleball emerges into one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, we are excited to bring these much-needed courts to our community." Said Grant Brown, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Director, "Right now, pickleball players in Gulf Shores have limited options for play. These new courts will provide our residents the opportunity to play year-round and will be a tremendous asset to our community.”

"We are excited for the sports tourism opportunities these new pickleball courts will bring to the Alabama Gulf Coast, including tournaments as well as regular play," said Beth Gendler, president and CEO for Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism. “We anxiously await this enhancement!”

Construction for this project is scheduled to be complete by December of 2022. For more information about this project, please visit


About the City of Gulf Shores:

The City of Gulf Shores is Alabama’s SMALL TOWN, BIG BEACH™ community dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents, guests and businesses. Located on Alabama’s beautiful coast of the Gulf of Mexico, the City strives to be a desirable place to live, work, retire and visit through cultivating a safe, clean, and family-friendly atmosphere. Learn more about the City of Gulf Shores at

About Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events:

Gulf Shores | Orange Beach Sports & Events is a partnership among Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT), the Coastal Alabama Business Chamber, Gulf State Park and the cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. In 2007, the organization became a department within GSOBT. In this role, the GSOB Sports & Events – along with assistance from both cities – works to bring quality athletic and leisure events to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. To learn more about sports and events along Alabama’s 32 miles of white-sand beaches, please visit