Tennis / Pickleball / Racquetball
If you enjoy racquet sports, the Cape Coral Parks & Recreation Department has several parks with outdoor tennis courts, two parks with dual use tennis/pickleball courts, as well as one location with outdoor racquetball courts that are available for public use. Players are responsible for providing their own equipment at all facilities.
The Yacht Club Tennis Courts located on the grounds of the Yacht Club Community Park, is the City's primary tennis facility and includes five (5) lighted asphalt tennis courts which are open to the public from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday though Friday, and from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. At this location, a tennis pro staff is available for both private and groups lessons as well as league play, and a pro shop is located on-site which offers tennis shoes, equipment, and racquet stringing during regular operating hours.
Annual memberships can be purchased to utilize the Yacht Club Tennis Courts or non-members can enjoy the facilities by paying a daily fee for court time and/or participation in organized tennis activities. For more information about activities offered at the Yacht Club Tennis Courts or to reserve a court during open play, call (239) 574-0808.
In addition to the fee-based Yacht Club Tennis Courts, there are several parks within the City of Cape Coral that have tennis courts which are available for public use at no charge and open from sunrise to sunset (or later for locations with lighting). The courts may be utilized on a first come, first serve basis, but please be courteous and restrict your time when others are waiting to use them. These court locations include:
- Burton Memorial Park - One (1) asphalt court - no lights
- Camelot Park - Two (2) asphalt courts with lights - open until 9:00 p.m. daily
- Jim Jeffers Park - Two (2) asphalt courts with lights - open until 9:00 p.m. daily
- Joe Stonis Park - Two (2) asphalt courts with lights - open until 9:00 p.m. daily
For those who are not familiar with the latest sports craze, pickleball is a sport that is similar to badminton, tennis and ping pong, but has its differences. It is played with a hard paddle and a polymer smaller version of a wiffle ball on a court that is similar to a doubles' badminton court. Because this game is easy to learn and less strenuous on aging joints than tennis, pickleball courts have been popping up throughout Lee County to help accommodate the increasing demand.
Options for creating these courts include adding different colored pickleball lines to existing tennis courts for a reduced court size (joint use), converting seldom used tennis courts into pickleball courts, and constructing stand alone pickleball courts. The City of Cape Coral has added pickleball court lines on the existing tennis courts at Burton Memorial Park, Camelot Park, Jim Jeffers Park & Joe Stonis Park.
Think it's too hot to play outside? Try playing indoor pickleball in air conditioned comfort on the portable indoor court at Four Freedoms Park (4818 Tarpon Court)! Four Freedoms offers court times througout the week at a cost of $5 per person (maximum of 4 players at a time) to reserve 2 hours of playtime. Paddles and balls are available to borrow or you may bring your own. For reservations, call 239-574-0804.
For more information on the history and rules of pickleball, visit the USA Pickleball Association website at www.usapa.org.
For those who enjoy playing racquetball, there are two (2) outdoor, open-back racquetball courts located adjacent to the Rotino Senior Center on the grounds of the Yacht club Community Park that are lighted and open daily until 9:00 p.m. These courts are free for the public use and available on a first come, first serve basis; however, please be courteous and restrict your time when others are waiting.
For general information about Cape Coral Parks & Recreation, call (239) 573-3128 or, if you encounter an issue in one of Cape Coral's parks, please contact the Cape Coral Police Department's non-emergency line at (239) 574-3223.