05/30/2017
Join the Town of Vail and Vail Recreation District to celebrate the grand opening of the new Golden Peak Pickleball Center! From June 2 to 4, players and spectators can immerse themselves in the game of pickleball with a ribbon cutting ceremony, an exhibition game and pickleball clinics for all abilities.
 
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
A ribbon cutting ceremony will officially open the Golden Peak Pickleball Center on Saturday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m. The Golden Peak Pickleball Center was built last fall by the Town of Vail where tennis courts were once located. Town of Vail Mayor Dave Chapin will officially dedicate this new town facility, with representatives from the Vail Recreation District on hand to talk about VRD summer programming at the center. Pickleball, a paddle sport that is rapidly gaining popularity, combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong. With the creation of six courts at Golden Peak Pickleball Center, this fun and energizing sport now has a scenic home at the base of Vail Mountain for pickleball enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. 
 
Parking Information
Due to limited parking at the Golden Peak Center, please park in the Vail Village Parking Structure and walk over to Golden Peak (less than a five-minute stroll).
 
Pickleball Exhibition
Continuing the festivities on Saturday, a pickleball exhibition will take place at 11 a.m. 
featuring Laura Fenton Kovanda and Scott Moore, two nationally recognized pros who will 
showcase pickleball game play at its highest level.
 
To name just a few of her many accolades, Laura Fenton Kovanda is a 2016 U.S. Open two-time Gold Medalist and Women's Pro Doubles Finalist, 2017 Grand Canyon State Games Silver Medalist and 2016 Tournament of Champions Bronze Medalist. This star athlete is also a world champion racquetball player.
 
Scott Moore also has many titles under his belt; he is a three-time U.S. Open Champion,12-time National Pickleball Champion and six-time Tournament of Champions title holder. He was named 2015 Co-Pickleball Player of the year along with his son and pickleball doubles partner Daniel.
 
Pickleball Clinics
From Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, Kovanda and Moore will host a series of clinics designed for all levels of play.  Two lucky participants will win pickleball paddles courtesy of Paddletek! The clinic schedule is as follows:
 
Friday, June 2
11 a.m. to noon - Rating Clinic
1 to 3 p.m. - Beginner/Intermediate Clinic
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Intermediate/Advanced Clinic
 
Saturday, June 3
12:30 to 2:30 p.m. - 4.0+ Clinic
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. - Intermediate/Advanced Clinic
 
Sunday, June 4
Noon to 2 p.m. - Beginner/Intermediate Clinic
3 to 5 p.m. - Intermediate/Advanced Clinic
 
The Golden Peak Pickleball Center, owned by the Town of Vail and programmed by the Vail Recreation District, is located at 461 Vail Valley Drive. Beginning June 1, a regular summer outdoor schedule will include daily drop-in times, clinics for adults and kids, tournaments and more. For more information, visit www.vailrec.com or contact Pickleball Director Jerry Stevens at 970-471-3757 or pickleball@vailrec.com
 
About the Vail Recreation District
The Vail Recreation District's mission is to offer diverse and exceptional recreation opportunities that enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of all its residents and guests. The VRD aims to help Vail Valley residents and visitors pursue their recreational passions by providing the following outlets for competition in summer and winter via a running and a mountain bike race series, numerous tournaments and/or leagues for hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, golf, tennis, soccer, flag football, pickleball, figure skating and rugby; venues like Dobson Ice Arena, Vail Golf Club, Vail Nordic Center, Vail Gymnastics Center, Vail Nature Center, Vail Skatepark, Vail Tennis Center, Golden Peak Pickleball Center, Community Programming, Vail's Imagination Station and use of additional gyms, playing fields and the surrounding White River National Forest via collaboration with local entities; sports classes and camps for youth, adults and families; and opportunities to learn about and appreciate our Rocky Mountain environment through guided activities, classes and camps.

About the Town of Vail
Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, Vail is an extraordinary mountain resort destination. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the awe-inspiring terrain and natural beauty of the surrounding Gore and Sawatch Ranges to world-class events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, and the abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations that line the pedestrian-friendly streets of Vail Village and Lionshead. Vail is where outdoor pursuits meet village sophistication. Offering more than 5,200 acres of developed ski and snowboard terrain including seven legendary Back Bowls in winter, and flourishing with new summer activities in preparation for the debut of Epic Discovery in 2016, the options for year-round adventure are endless. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail's founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth.
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