A new 10-court pickleball complex is planned open in Orland Park’s Doogan Park, but its likely a few years away from opening, officials said.
Ray Piattoni, the village’s director of Recreation and Parks, said grant funding will dictate whether construction begins in 2025 or 2026. The Village Board accepted a conceptual plan for the park as demand for the sport continues to rise.
Doogan Park now has a single outdoor court adjacent to basketball and tennis courts on the park’s northeast side. But increasing demand for pickleball — considered the fastest-growing sport in the country — has triggered an effort to build more facilities devoted to the activity.
While pickleball developments have triggered complaints elsewhere because of noise complaints, Piattoni said Orland Park has yet to experience this concern on a large scale.
“This was experienced by an individual in close proximity to one park,” he said. “However, the overall experience has been positive, without complaints.”
In fact, the new development could help reduce frustration from tennis and basketball players whose courts are sometimes invaded by pickleball players.
“The village has heard from a small number of tennis players concerned about pickleball taking over tennis courts,” he wrote in an email. “However, the village has 25 tennis courts at 15 park sites.”
Details about the design and any structures associated with the new pickleball courts will be forthcoming, as the development is still early in the planning stages.