Southern Nevada Pickleball


Wayne Bunker Park Revisions

The agenda for the upcoming City Planning Commission has been published.  The meeting is Tuesday, December 12, 2023 at 6pm in the Council Chambers at 495 South Main Street.

There is a heavy agenda (37 items).  Pickleball is item 22b on the agenda.  This is a revision (23-0382-SDR1) to a previously approved development plan Z-002-88(1) for the park. The project is 3 years in the making.  It is time to call the question and move forward.  This project  is subsequent to a City of Las Vegas $12,009,000 grant award by the BLM.

Project 23-0382

You can voice you pre-approval prior to the meeting at

You can find an image of the footprint at Bunker_Pickleball_Site_Plan_Colored.pdf (

It is imperative that picklers attend this meeting and/or speak in favor of bringing courts to this park. We need to compliment the City's willingness to address concerns of previous plans and mitigation efforts to control noise and manage congestion.  We need to provide constructive comments and recommendations for improvement.

The number of courts went from 30 to 24, a high wall was added on the south side and distance applied to court placement to address the concerns of neighbors.

Hopefully,  the City can remedy the limited parking based on the number of courts. 

We need more courts and this is an excellent solution. Your consideration and support is greatly appreciated.

Please express your recommendations to a SNP Board member and consider coming to the meeting.

December 6, 2023

Toys for Tots 2023 - FUNd Raiser

Picklers gathered to make a toy possible for a child's Christmas. The courts at the Desert Vista Community Center served to host 145 players in a holiday FUNd raiser. Players registered to compete in round robins over the course of three days. Participates and spectators were asked to donate unwrapped toys and/or a monetary donation for the cause. In addition, gift baskets were raffled off to help raise monies. We appreciate the efforts of the Summerlin Pickleball Club, SNP leadership, the local Marine Corps Reserve, active-duty marines, the organizers and all the volunteers in providing an enhanced player experience. Even young active-duty marines picked up a paddle for the first time and experienced the fun of pickleball. Proceeds went to the Marines Toys for Tots 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity.

December 3, 2023

2023 Heroes Open

The annual Heroes Open was held at Sunset Park November 9-12th. Over 240 players gathered to raise monies for three nonprofit organizations: Southern Nevada Pickleball, Clark County Fire Fighters Local 1908 "Proud to Rescue Benevolent fund" and the Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (LEAF). This was a tribute to our veterans and early responders. We thank the players, volunteers, SNP leadership, USAP ambassadors and Excel pickleball for making a quality professional tournament happen.

November 12, 2023

Cora Coleman vs Desert Breeze

The Cora Coleman Senior Center battled Desert Breeze Community Center today in an Elite 8 Seniors Pickleball Tournament at Sunset Park. A squad of 4 mixed-doubles teams selected from each Center participated in a double elimination competition sponsored by Clark County Parks and Recreation. Rico and Keiko prevailed, and the trophy travels back to Desert Breeze for display until next season. A special thanks to Russell Thompson and his staff for making this happen and Commissioner Justin Jones for sponsoring the event. Awesome players and volunteers.

October 19, 2023

Age 55 plus forum - Mini Competitions

Southern Nevada Pickleball Club is pleased to announce the establishment of a pilot program that brings together eight senior communities in our region. The primary objectives of this program are to cultivate new friendships, foster a sense of community that embraces all, and provide opportunities for seniors to engage in recreational activities. We recognize that the success of this venture is contingent upon careful evaluation, and we are currently in the trial phase to determine its viability for future continuation. Throughout this initial phase, we have already witnessed the formation of new friendships and the unification of senior communities that might not have had the opportunity to connect otherwise. On the 12th of November, we will conclude this trial period and conduct a thorough analysis of the program's advantages and disadvantages to make an informed decision about its future. We wish to express our gratitude to all those who have played a part in making this initiative possible, with a special acknowledgment to the Team Captains and their assistants. Your dedication and commitment have been instrumental in shaping this endeavor. The eight communities participating in this program include: Heritage Henderson, Aliante, Regency, Sun City Summerlin, Trilogy Summerlin, Trilogy Sunstone, Siena and Heritage Stonebridge. Regardless of the outcome, we are confident that it has already made a positive impact by bringing communities together and creating opportunities for social engagement. Thank you to everyone involved, and let's continue to work together to strengthen our senior communities and foster lasting connections.

October18, 2023

FUNd raiser for referee academy

Players supported a fun evening at Sunset Park for a good cause. Thanks to the Pickleball Community, monies were raised to help with the upcoming referee Academy. We appreciate all who donated and came out for the fun event.

Music was provided by our one and only Randy Wheeler. It was fun to have an event that brought players together from the north and south parts of the Valley..

Great partnership with the referees, Excel Pickleball and Southern Nevada Pickleball. Special thanks to all of you who donated the beautiful raffle baskets.

We appreciate all of you who are part of Southern, Nevada Pickleball, as it is your membership that allows these events to happen.

Also, a special thanks to all of our referees who take the time to go through the tremendous training and perseverance.  Their efforts allow us to have great tournaments both here in Las Vegas and throughout the country.

JAugust 13, 2023

"Play through the last moment of light."

For the summer solstice, Southern Nevada Pickleball will promote simultaneous play at all courts across the valley to raise awareness.

We are working in tandem with the local Alzheimer’s Association to communicate the value of playing pickleball on mental health.

SNP will host a campaign seeking donations to fight dementia. We encourage all players, their families, and friends to contribute. On June 21st, seek out your favorite venue, have fun, and PLAY. Expand your circle to players that you do not know.

Watch for more periodic information on this initiative.

Save the date. Wednesday, June 21, 2023

June 3, 2023


Trilogy Sunstone hosts mini-tournament

The Trilogy Sunstone Community opened their courts this morning for charity. Players were able to participate in a friendly round robin at courts next to the Cabochon Club. Proceeds from the event go to Three Square, the Poppy Foundation and Southern Nevada Pickleball. Players competed for prizes, not medals and met afterwards for food and drink at the club. A special thank you to the volunteer organizers Patti Chess, Sheryl Bon, Alec Earle, Sheila Earle, Daniel Arias and Brien Vokits.  Alec Earle is in the picture giving food and money to Poppy Foundation and Three Square.

June 3, 2023

Hollywood Courts set to open.

April 28 2023

2023 USA Pickleball Mountain Diamond Regional

USA Pickleball Mountain Region hosted a qualifier for a Diamond Amateur Championships tournament.  With the help of Southern Nevada Pickleball, Sunset Park was able to accommodate 863 players over the course of a week. 

Congratulations to all of the players. 

A special thanks to the volunteers, officials, sponsors and organizers.

April 20, 2023

Pickleball courts open in Henderson

Two new outdoor courts are now available to players at Dundee Jones Park. The venue is located at 10561 Jeffreys St, Henderson, NV 89052.  It is at the cross streets of Jeffreys and Horizon Ridge. The venue has lights.

April 7, 2023

Beginner Program at the Durango Y

April 4 2023

Pickleball courts open in Las Vegas, Ward 1

Four new outdoor courts are now available to players at Aloha Shores Park. The venue is located at 7550 Sauer Dr, Las Vegas, Nv 89128.  It is next to Doc Romeo Park and features space for Bocce, Horseshoe, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Playground, Walk/Jog Track, reservable Picnic area, and barbecue grill  The should help alleviate the congestion and significant lack of courts in the northern valley.

April 3, 2023

Veteran's Adaptive Pickleball program comes to Henderson.

March 31, 2023

Shamrock Tournament

The Lake Las Vegas Sports Club held its 7th annual pickleball tournament March 15-18, 2023.  The facility hosted 276 players.  Picklers enjoyed  "A Wee Bit of Frolic and a Whole Lot of Fun!"

March 18, 2023

Thanks for stepping-up.

Our association cannot function without the talents of members and volunteers.  Your help allows us to control costs and make pickleball happen in the community.

On March 12, the SNP Board hosted an event to appreciate the contributions of many that have made the organization successful.  Over 160 players gathered to play pickleball, have fun. enjoy tacos, renewed old friendships, and meet new picklers. 

Randy Wheeler, a pickleball player and local musician provided live music; accepting the popping of the balls as applause. 

Representatives were available for players to try out different brands of paddles.

We thank Excel Pickleball for providing access to 20 courts as part of March madness pickleball at Sunset Park.

A special shout out to the Board and organizers of the event that work behind the scenes.  Bravo.

To quote one of our founders "We depend upon the contributions of players, volunteers, venues, partners and sponsors to make magic happen."

March 12, 2023

National Championships move to Texas with PPA.

USA Pickleball announced March 9th that the 2023 National Championships will be held in Dallas Texas and join the Professional Pickleball Association tour November 4-12.  More information can be found at the following links:

March 9,2023

Anniversary Celebration

The Neon Picklers meetup group celebrates a one-year anniversary with potluck pickleball, games and prizes. The event was held February 13th at Durango. Congrats on accomplishing one year of pickleball fun.

February 13, 2023

Climate Controlled Pickleball

The City of Las Vegas is offering indoor pickleball on refinished wooden floors Wednesdays and Friday, 8:30am to Noon at Chuck Minker Sports Complex. Address (275 N. Mojave Rd. | Las Vegas, NV 89101)

February 1, 2023

The valley adds another USA Pickleball Ambassador

Please join us in congratulating Jennifer Reasner on becoming southern Nevada’s latest USA Pickleball Ambassador. Jennifer lives on the west side of the Valley and recently became an IPTPA Certified Instructor. Here’s Jennifer at the PPA Championship in October of 2022.

January 2, 2023

2022 comes to a close.

As 2022 ends, we would like to reflect on accomplishments throughout the year and extend a sincere thank you to everyone who helped make great things happen.

SNP has touched the community in so many ways. Just looking at our social media timeline tells a story of opportunity and options.

- In one year, we have seen an 83% growth in our reach to players.

- Thanks to your help and contributions, our volunteer base has expanded and helped others.

- We replaced our website application to address the goal of making a true source of information for all things pickleball in our community.

- We installed an association management software tool and enhanced our communication system to address growth.

- Our players now have a mascot, the Desert Bighorn.

- We shared our expertise with private venues, Clark County and the Cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson; raising awareness of pickleball and the value it brings to the community. We will continue to promote access to and the addition of more public courts.

- Our interaction with others brought players together in the spirit of fun organized-competitions and events while partnering with some great organizations. Because of you; a tot received a toy, an Alzheimer’s patient is one step closer to a cure, our police and fire associations received donations, our veteran’s program can grow, and our young players now have youth leagues.

- We worked with the Clark County School District and trained over 250 teachers on "How to teach pickleball to kids."

- Veterans had an opportunity to learn pickleball through a grant program at Dula gym.

- Seniors now have more choices, especially for indoor play.

- SNP members were there to show people how to play and improve skills.

"We depend upon the contributions of players, volunteers, venues, partners and sponsors to make magic happen."

Your financial support, gift of time, cooperation and personal efforts made all the difference. Thanks for being there.

We look forward to more magic in 2023.

USA Pickleball Mountain Region News

Click on the link for the 2022 Winter Newsletter from the Mountain Region.

The Professional Pickleball Association visited Vassiliadis Elementary School.   Pros AJ Koller and Lea Jensen had the opportunity to oriented students to pickleball.  What a great day of learning and laughing! The Assistant Principal and Special Education Facilitator at the school are fellow "picklers". We applaud them for their dedication to the sport and for wanting to bring the sport to the students at their school!  Thank you SNP, PPA and all of our volunteers for creating a unique learning experience.

December 14, 2022

As a result of volunteer effort, another school is ready for pickleball!  Four pickleball courts were painted at Vassiladis Elementary which has approximately 1200 students.

Thank you Miles from Sport Courts for donating paint and some equipment.

Thank you SNP for donating the equipment and supplies.

And thank you to the volunteers who made this possible -Rose, Henry, Marty, Daniel, Mark, Terry, Brenda, Bri and Patti.

December 10, 2022

SNP Leadership Presses for Courts

Southern Nevada Pickleball has been working with municipalities to demonstrate the need for more courts.  We will continue to report on movement and initiatives that expand opportunities for players community wide.

A message from Steve Ford, Director of Parks and Recreation.

Pickleball in the City of Las Vegas

The City of Las Vegas Parks, Recreation, & Cultural affairs will be working on increasing the number of pickle ball courts in our community.  As you may be aware, we are awaiting a funding agreement from BLM, and final decision by the incoming Councilperson in Ward 4 regarding the Regional Pickleball complex at Wayne Bunker Park.  In the meantime, we have begun the converting other un-used areas in various parks to pickleball courts.

Jaycee/Leavitt park (Ward 3) – converting the shuffleboard area to 4 courts

Aloha Shores park (Ward 1) – converting the roller hockey rink to 4 courts

Children’s Memorial (Ward 5) – converting the roller hockey rink to 4 courts

All these courts will be ready by spring 2023

Additionally, there will be an additional 4 courts added at Police Memorial park within the next 18 months as part of the park renovation project, and 4 courts at the new Igor Soldo park in the far northwest part of the city (Ward 6).  This is a developer-built park that is currently in design, with an estimated construction completion in 4Q 2023.

We certainly understand the need for new pickleball courts, and will consider additional projects as budget and space allows.



Steve Ford, P.E., C.E.M.


Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs

City of Las Vegas, Nevada

Office: 702.229.6721 | Cell 702.249.3037

451 E. Bonanza Road | Las Vegas, NV 89101

Here to Serve

December 5, 2022

Another school benefits from volunteer effort.  West Career Technical Academy had a visit from the awesome team of Mike Hair, Jo Ann Munz, Jennifer Reasner and Dan Stenson.  Thanks to their passion for pickleball, the school now has pickleball lines.

December 4, 2022

2022 Toys for Tots Charity Round Robin, December 2-4, 2022

Sun City Summerlin served as host for the 2022 Toys for Tots Charity Round Robin December 2-4. 160 players assemble at the Desert Vista Community Center to compete, have fun, and support a great charity. Players brought unwrapped new toys or gave a monetary donation at the event to help kids this holiday season. Picklers played hard while finding a moment of joy. Toys 4 Tots raised $12,965 and filled 8 over sized boxes with toys for this Marine's charity. A round of thanks to the Sun City Pickleball Club, Marine Toys for Tots and picklers.

Photos from the event can been viewed by clicking on the 75th Toys for Tots logo >>>>>>>

Decenber 4, 2022

Pickleball Rule Changes for 2023

The USA Pickleball Board voted on rule changes for 2023. Out of 78 proposed revisions/additions, 21 passed. You can find the results and commentary at USAP or click the link here.

October 21, 2022

Nevada Senior Games - 2022

SNP Lends a Helping Hand

September 19, 2022

The Nevada Senior Games sponsored a pickleball tournament September 16 through 18, 2022.  This marks the 10th anniversary of Pickleball as a sport event in the local senior games.  The event was held at the Sunset Park Regional Pickleball Complex in Las Vegas with 214 players competing for gold, silver, and bronze.

Players were able to participate in an amateur sporting event, make new friendships, renew old relationships, and enjoyed a weekend of their favorite sport.

Most participants came from Nevada with representative traveling from Hawaii, California, and Utah.  One player from England represented the Solihull Pickleball Club. Congrats to all.

This was truly a volunteer effort, great competition, and a good time.

Winners are eligible to compete in the national senior game championships next July in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

The Nevada senior games have begun planning for next year's tournament with registration opening in Spring 2023

Trademark Images


August 7. 2022

At the Southern Nevada Pickleball Board meeting held July 28, 2022, a motion was approved to recognize three of our images or a color variation thereof as trademarks for the organization.  Plan to see more of the following images at events, with fun items and on merchandise.

Our emblem that serves as our logo.

The Desert Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) serves as the association’s mascot. 

The Desert Bighorn is Nevada’s state mammal and is native to our community. They are hearty creatures, determined, navigate with speed and agility, and apply keen eyesight. Desert Bighorns are social, band together in herds and have adapted to the desert’s heat and cold.

"Bighorns" can now be found on local courts with a paddle, ball and perseverance.

Where can I find courts to play in Boulder City?

July 21, 2022 

Boulder City offers both indoor and outdoor venues to play the best sport ever. 

Here is a link for information form Parks and Recreation.

In an article provided by the Boulder City Review, officials discuss future plans for development.