Pickleball has become very popular throughout the country and on the Cape. Several of our surrounding towns have responded significantly to this interest. Mashpee has its Pickleball Park with eight pickleball courts, Sandwich has six pickleball courts and Barnstable is about to open their 10 pickleball courts in Marstons Mills. Falmouth has very limited pickleball options.
There are only two actual pickleball courts, one in North Falmouth, which is in very poor condition and is not of regulation size, and one in Falmouth at the Lawrence School. North Falmouth, West Falmouth and Falmouth all have tennis courts which are lined for pickleball. To use a tennis/pickleball court, one must supply and set up one’s own net. While surrounding towns offer pickleball all day, seven days per week, the Falmouth courts (North, West and Falmouth itself) are only available for pickleball three days per week and the Lawrence School courts are unavailable during the day Monday to Friday, when school is in session. While surrounding towns offer pickleball lessons at all levels through their recreation departments, Falmouth offers no lessons at all.
I would ask the recreation department to do a full assessment of the demand for three pickleball courts versus tennis and significantly increase the pickleball options in Falmouth.
Dr. Nathaniel G. Clark