Manhattan Beach Implements Changes to Racquet Sport FeesMay 14, 2022 03:22PM ● By Mb News Staff
Photo via Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec
The Manhattan Beach Department of Parks and Recreation has implemented changes to fees for racquet sports including pickleball, paddleball, and tennis.
Most notably, the city is now charging for court rentals at Manhattan Heights courts, which were free prior to May 2.
The new fees bring the Manhattan Heights courts in line with fees for courts at Live Oak Park and Mira Costa, according to Manhattan Beach Parks and Rec Director Mark Leyman.
Leyman told MB News that the adjustments were based in part on a series of conversations with tennis and pickleball community representatives.
The following changes were made by the Parks and Rec Department, effective May 2:
- Expanding the Older Adult Pass ($25/year) to include free play with reservations on Manhattan Heights tennis, pickleball, and paddle tennis courts from noon to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday;
- Increasing tennis court rental fees at all facilities to $10/hour for residents and $14/hour for non-residents (previously $9/hour for residents and $13.50 for non-residents at Live Oak Park and Mira Costa courts);
- Implementing the same fees for pickleball, tennis, and paddle tennis court rentals at Manhattan Heights (previously free);
Offering an expanded drop-in program for pickleball and paddle tennis with the following daily and monthly payment options
- Daily: $3/residents, $5/non-residents
- Monthly: $10/senior residents, $15/residents, $25/non-residents.
According to Leyman, more than 125 monthly drop-in memberships have been sold during the first two weeks of the program.
Residents who want to give feedback should look for a community survey that will come out on the city's website and at recreational facilities around town on June 1. The survey will seek input about recent changes as well as growth opportunities for pickleball programming and courts in town.