Rockville will cut the ribbon on four brand-new pickleball courts at Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park at an opening ceremony from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America, and to accommodate a burgeoning population of players in Rockville, the city constructed the four lighted, dedicated pickleball courts in the park at 1800 Piccard Drive.

Free, short and basic pickleball instruction for attendees, with provided equipment, will follow the ribbon cutting ceremony.

A cross between tennis, badminton and pingpong, pickleball players use an oversize paddle to hit a Wiffle Ball across a badminton-sized court in singles or doubles play. The game was invented in 1965.

Rockville has tennis courts with pickleball lines, as well as drop-in play at its community centers. For opportunities to play the sport, see Recreation and Parks’ activity guide, “Life in Rockville,” at, and find and register for classes at