Club Emails

ABQ Pickleball Club periodically sends out email communications to keep our pickleball community informed of upcoming events and other pertinent information. Check here to see what emails have gone out!

2020 Emails


In an effort to keep Manzano Mesa courts open for the public and not have to close them completely due to the social distancing laws, Albuquerque Parks and Recreation will set them up the following way starting Saturday May 2, 2020:

Only the west entrance will be open.
Up to 4 people per court
Set up during peak times – 7 days a week 8a -12p & 5p – 8p:

• Parks and Recreation will have staff at the west entrance regulating the number of people inside the fenced area
• maximum capacity is 72 (4 players per court)
• While waiting for a court – players will be required to be outside of the fenced area and practice social distancing – 6 feet apart
• Once they are done playing, they will need to leave the gated area immediately
• Staff will let people in and assign a court as other players leave
• Court time is limited to 1 ½ hours if people are waiting.
• Players will leave their name and how many in their party with staff at the gate – their name will be called when a court becomes available
• If they leave or do not come when their name is called – they will be moved to the bottom of the list after second call no show – removed (just like at a Restaurant)

The City of Albuquerque will provide Bathrooms, Water, Hand sanitizer.

The staff manning the front gate are doing what has been assigned to them and have no say in what or how things are being done. The goal is to be able to keep the courts open.

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To all ABQ Pickleball Club Members,

The ABQ Pickleball Club leadership strongly urges our members to follow the Governor’s stay-at-home instructions, made March 23, 2020, that all non-essential personnel stay home. The important link is If there are questions regarding the recommendations reference for all the latest information.

We are being asked to act as responsible citizens in following the State directives in order not to overwhelm the capabilities of our medical system. The directive includes the rule of limiting gatherings to not over 5 people, and to maintain a 6-foot distance from each other when gathering in groups of 5. This means virtually no pickleball. We all know that this health emergency will pass, and we will be able to again play pickleball. Patience and time will be what is needed by our members.

Thank you for your understanding and please be safe until we can play again.

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1. The Jerry Cline Tennis Facility has closed until April 15 (or later). Many outdoor pickleball courts have been closed around the country. For now, Manzano Mesa and Villela Park outdoor courts will remain open. We will keep the home page of up-to-date with any changes as soon as we find out. Please don’t play if you are sick. If you choose to play, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and follow all the recommended guidance from the federal, state and local health experts. The Club has removed the porta-potty (it was only cleaned once a week) and the free shared balls.

2. The drinking fountain at the Manzano Mesa Courts is broken, and there is currently no schedule for repair. If you play, bring plenty of fluids.

3. The May NM Games Tournament has been postponed. The new date has yet to be determined. The April, 50+ Tournament sponsored by Albuquerque Senior Affairs is still scheduled by Albuquerque Senior Affairs, but that could cancel. If there are changes, we will update the information on the homepage of the website as soon as we know.

4. Final note on the Manzano Mesa Court Expansion. The Club did a great job working with local legislators and a bill was passed marking over $385,000 for the project to begin. Unfortunately, the governor did veto that portion of the bill. ALMOST THERE. There was a lot of support and hopefully, it will get done next year.

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City and County Pickleball Closures: posted on homepage as we are notified

We have been informed that the City and County are temporarily closing their indoor facilities for pickleball on Monday and Tuesday in the coming week. Please refer to the home page at for details and updated information regarding other closings or cancellations.

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Dear ABQ Pickleball Club Members,

As you are all aware, the coronavirus outbreak may affect the availability of the indoor locations where we currently play. The ABQ Pickleball Club has no say in the possible up-coming decision to close the locations where we play, whether they be APS school locations, Albuquerque or Bernalillo County community centers.

As of this writing, we have heard that the state of NM has closed all schools from March 16th for three weeks. That means that all APS schools where we have authorized play will NOT have indoor pickleball play during those dates. We have not heard any decision on the ABQ and Bernalillo County Community Centers yet. We would not be surprised to see more closings in general.

The April Senior Affairs 50+ Pickleball Tournament is still scheduled, as is the June NM Senior Games in Las Cruces. However, this is an evolving situation and could change quickly. We will communicate the latest decisions as soon as we get them.

Obviously, as an individual player, you may choose not to play, and that is solely up to the individual. If you do play, please take the health department’s recommendations to heart: Avoid shaking hands (elbow bump), don’t touch your face and wash your hands for 20 seconds. In addition, we should not handle other peoples’ paddles (which especially occurs when allocating players to the courts). Additionally, we all handle the same ball. So, wash or sanitize coming in, out, and between games.

Most important, the Health Dept. asks that you stay home if you are sick.

Thank you.

The ABQ Pickleball Club Executive Committee

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Hi ABQ Pickleball Club,

Just a reminder for everyone.

We have set up a calendar for fun events that you may want to lead or join. This calendar is for events and things outside of our regular pickleball play calendar. It can be for fun or for a social pickleball event for an evening.
An example: If you want to go hiking on a particular Saturday and want others to join you, please feel free to enter that on the social calendar with all the details.
If you want to have a fun social pickleball get together you can as well. For example:

  • John Kimbrough invites you to a March birthdays celebration on March 12
  • Joyce Sikora is going to have a St Patrick’s event 3/17.
  • Please see these calendar entries to join in and spread the word.Anyone can enter events on the social calendar. Pickleball has made so many friend connections that you want to continue the fun in other ways. So, utilize it and check it out regularly at

    Thanks, happy pickling and happy socializing!!

    **Joyce Paulsen
    ABQ Pickleball Club President
    USAPA Ambassador – Albuquerque

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    Greetings, all ABQ Pickleball Club members, family and friends of pickleball,

    David Simon, Director of Albuquerque City Parks and Recreation, thanks us for all the work we have done in successfully getting the NM State Legislature to budget $385,000 for beginning the planning and expansion of the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts. Thanks for all your calls, emails, letters, and visits to the NM legislature in support of the project! A total of nine N.M.Representatives and five Senators included the request in their capital outlay budget. At an estimated final cost of $2.6 million, the preliminary project concept is to increase the number of courts from 18 to 36, including two championship courts, security, bathrooms and the supporting infrastructure.

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    The Senior Affairs 50+ Tournament (April 17-19) registration is now open and must be postmarked by April 10th (see printable registration form below or go to the Palo Duro Fitness Center at 3351 Monroe NE).

    This year, it will be a skill-based tournament for those 50 and older, played at the Manzano Mesa outdoor courts on April 17th (singles 1 PM start), April 18th (doubles 8am start), and April 19th (mixed doubles 8am start). Skill levels range from 2.5-5 and will be divided between 50-69 and 70 and up. Those over 70 and may choose to play in the 70 and up or in the lower age bracket. Most matches will be pool play. Pools may be combined depending on quantity of registrants.

    The cost is $12 if you are a member of Senior Affairs. The cost of an annual Senior Affairs membership is $20, which makes registrants eligible for both this tournament and the October tournament. (The Senior Affairs membership form is part of the registration form). If you are looking for a partner, you could check our Partner Search page for others who may be looking.

    50+ Registration Form

    March 7, 2020: Los Vecinos Pickleball Tournament

    Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles. Skill levels: 2.5 and 3.0.

    Registration Deadline March 4.

    Register as a team. One partner register for both.

    Fee: $7 per person. Pay fee at Los Vecinos CC when you arrive (no cash please).

    Doors open at 8 am. Start Times for each division will be posted later.

    Please click on the button below to sign up. Thank you!

    Sign Up!

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    1. February 1, there will be a Picklebowl Ladder Tournament at Manzano Mesa’s outdoor courts. Sign up with a partner and get ready for the coming tournament season! From 10-1200, sign up for men’s and women’s doubles. From 12-230, sign up for mixed doubles. Please indicate at what skill level you wish to start. There is no charge, but the Club appreciates donations, which are used to cover insurance and equipment costs. Feel free to bring food to share.

    Sign Up!

    2. March 7, 2020: Los Vecinos Pickleball Tournament
    Los Vecinos Community Center is having a tournament for Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles. Skill levels: 2.5 and 3.0. Registration Deadline March 4. Register as a team. One partner registers for both. Fee: $7 per person. Pay fee at Los Vecinos CC when you arrive (no cash please). Doors open at 8 am. Start Times for each division will be posted later. There will be awards to the winners.

    Sign Up!

    3. We were happy to receive the following notice from Garry Wolfe, Recreation Division Manager, Albuquerque Parks and Recreation: “The lighting controller is now set to allow individual pickleball court lights to turn on from 5:00PM until 10:00 PM. The light switches at each court are operational as of 1/23/20. I would like to thank the local Pickleball community for their patience exhibited during this lengthy process to rectify all of the electrical challenges.”

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    Greetings, all ABQ Pickleball Club members, family and friends of pickleball,

    WE NEED YOUR HELP! Albuquerque Parks and Recreation has created preliminary drawings for an expansion of the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Courts from 18 to 36, including security and the supporting infrastructure for an estimated cost of $2.6 million. We are in full support of this potential project and are contacting the NM state legislators to request their support and funding in a project during their upcoming session which begins next week and ends in 30 days.

    You can help by:
    1. We are providing an informal script as a guideline for calling/emailing your legislators and senators in support of the project.
    2. In addition, there is a Pre-legislative Town Hall with Representative Abbas Akhil at the Manzano Mesa Multi-generational Center (501 Elizabeth SE) from 6 PM to 730 PM tonight, Friday, January 17. He is the legislator for geographic area that includes the pickleball courts. If you can attend that would be great.

    OUR GOAL is getting some funding for the Manzano Mesa Pickleball court expansion and to educate our legislators about pickleball.

    Method for finding and contacting Legislators and Senators:

    Call and/or email your House of Representative and State Senator.
    Find them by going to and input your address (on computer is easier than mobile device).
    Although you may not speak directly to the legislator, that is ok. Calling is mightier than the pen!!

    Pass this email/info to all your friends and family to have them call/email as well. They may not be a pickleball player, but they support your passion and enthusiasm for the sport. They could say how it has benefited you.

    Possible Script:
    My name is _______________ and I am a resident in your district. I am a pickleball player and want you to support expanding the Manzano Mesa Pickleball Complex in the next legislative session. The city of Albuquerque and our state can benefit even more by expanding the facility from 18 courts to 36 with bathrooms, security and support infrastructure. The total estimated cost is about $2.6 million. The increased size of the facility will allow for larger tournaments which will lead to tourism dollars and a return on the investment as well as grow the sport.

    The 10-year growth of pickleball in Albuquerque was from 45 players to 1000+ today. The Manzano Mesa Pickleball Complex is home to players from Santa Fe to Belen, Edgewood to Gallup and beyond.

    “Add your personal experience here”

    Thank you for your time and we appreciate your support.

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    • There will be a tournament at Cesar Chavez on Tuesday, January 14th from 530PM-8PM. This is for those rated 3.5, or who play at the 3.5 level(note: there will be tournaments for other levels coming up). Medals will be given for first, second and third. The play will be on 4 nets. Round 1: You will play with each person at your net. Round 2. Top person at each net will go to the top net, second to the second net, etc., and everyone will play with each person at their net. If you are interested, sign up at signup genius as soon as you are able.

    Sign Up!

    • Upcoming tournaments are listed under the Upcoming Tournaments at This includes Club and Albuquerque tournaments, as well as NM and southern Colorado. (Note: There is a tournament in Las Cruces in early February). lists many other tournaments around the country.