About Us

  • Pickleball has been slowly growing in popularity in the Siouxland area for the last several years. However, players have struggled to find regular, dependable locations to play, with no guarantee that courts would be available on a regular basis due to other events at those facilities.

  • A meeting was held with Sioux City Parks and Recreation in March 2019 to explore options for dedicated outdoor pickleball courts in the Siouxland area. After some research, Parks and Rec proposed the repurposing of several aging and little used tennis courts in Riverside Park in Sioux City. Further discussions ensued, and in January 2020, pickleball representatives went before the City Council to request approval of a plan to repurpose five tennis courts into eight pickleball courts and two tennis courts, with the City covering the full cost. In February, the City Council approved this plan, and work began at the site in May. The project is scheduled to be complete in July 2020 and open to the public. A dedication ceremony will take place in August 2020.

  • In June 2020, the decision was made to establish the Siouxland Pickleball Association in order to provide a united voice for the pickleball community and to help grow the sport. The inaugural members of the Board of Directors include the following:

  1. Carolyn Ellwanger – President

  2. Tafi Lorinser – Vice President

  3. Frank Brienzo – Treasurer

  4. Cheryl Otto – Secretary

  5. Jon Van Tuyl - Marketing and Social Media Director

  6. Randy Hansen - Program Development Director 

  7. Carol Cote – Member at Large

  • In July 2020, the Association achieved 501(c)3 Non profit status.

  • On August 24, 2020, 8 new dedicated pickleball courts were open for play at Riverside Park.

  • On August 27, 2020 a dedication ceremony was held for the new courts.

  • We look forward to seeing the sport of pickleball grow in Siouxland! Feel free to reach out to us at siouxlandpickleball@gmail.com if you have questions, comments or concerns.