Outdoor Venues in SF

San Francisco has a variety of outdoor locations for Pickleball play.  There are two facilities with permanent nets – Goldman Tennis Center in Golden Gate Park (5 courts) and Louis Sutter Playground in McLaren Park (6 courts) in the southeast part of the City.  Goldman is a facility with lights & is open from 7AM to 10 PM.  Reservations are required and court fees apply. Sutter is open during daylight hours, great for walk-on play and free.  Neither site hosts scheduled group drop-in session.

You may prefer a venue with scheduled drop-in play sessions – locations where players just show up and join court play by putting down your paddle next to the court you want to be “next up” on.  Great for visitors, new players or those who hate to make group arrangements.

For scheduled drop-in, we recommend you go to Presidio Wall Playground (in the Presidio) or Parkside Square Playground (in the Sunset).  At both locations you can join sessions reserved for pickleball on multi-lined tennis courts.  No fees are required, although donations are accepted, and volunteers set up and take down portable nets.  Currently, drop-in play sessions are scheduled DAILY (including weekends):

Presidio Wall – Open for play from 10:30 – 1:30 PM weekdays;  Weekends 9 – 1:30 PM plus 6  individual PB courts reservable from 1:30 – 4:30

Parkside Square – Daily from 12:30  – 3:30 PM

These two locations and most other outdoor venues are all dual-lined tennis courts, and can be reserved on the SF Rec & Park Court Reservation System (https://sfrecpark.org/1591/Reservable-Pickleball-Courts).  Reservations are free, and can be reserved either 2 days or a week in advance.  Reservations can be hard to book however, and hours and time-on-court are limited.

You should bring your own net, although Presidio Wall has roll-on nets and Rossi Playground has an on-site lock boxes with loaner nets and instructions for unlocking on the box top.  Upper Noe has nets that can be checked out from the office. The multi-lined reservable courts are:

  • Presidio Wall (up to 12 PB reservable on 4 tennis courts, OR 2 PB courts on 1 tennis court)
  • Rossi Playground (8 courts, 4 reservable & 4 walk-on for now)
  • Parkside Square (8 PB courts)
  • Upper Noe (2 PB Courts)
  • Richmond Playground (2 PB court)

Recently a venue opened downtown called East Cut Crossing which has 2 courts in a neighborhood gathering center at the re-purposed East Bay Temporary Transit Center.  It has food trucks and other sport features.  It is walk-on only with plans to upgrade the courts over time.

-Feb, 2022