Ready to check out two of the world’s fastest-growing sports in one place? The GTA is now home to Fairgrounds, described as a new kind of racket club where you’ll be able to play pickleball and padel, and you can check it out for free this weekend!

Opening on May 18th at Assembly Park, Fairgrounds has nine pickleball courts and one padel court with free membership and no initiation fee.

The new space is inclusive and open to all ages and levels at an hourly rate, and they will have a coaches’ corner, community events, and branded merchandise for purchase.

For its opening, Fairgrounds is hosting a “free-to-play weekend” at Assembly Park from May 18th to May 20th, with activations, coaches’ corner, and the Fairgrounds resident DJ.

What a way to spend your May long weekend!

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“In the last few years, we’ve seen a cultural shift to activities that offer more social and emotional value,” said co-founder of Fairgrounds Drummond Munro, also co-founder of Superette.

“Fairgrounds fosters community by providing social spaces for experience seekers through the power of sport. As padel gains traction in Canada and moves into the cultural mainstream, we want to introduce it to more people in an inclusive way that everyone can enjoy.”

For those new to the sport, pickleball is a sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong.

It’s a game with easy-to-follow rules that is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes, and is perfect for players of all skill sets.

As for padel, it blends “the best elements of tennis and squash and offers quick and enjoyable gameplay that emphasizes strategy and technique over strength.”

Padel is played on a turf court enclosed in a glass box, and the challenge is to keep the ball in play using all available walls. It is ideal for all ages and skill levels.

Looking to check it out? You can become a free member and reserve your spot on the courts now through the Fairgrounds website.

See you on the court!


When: Opening May 18th, 2024
Where:  80 Interchange Way, Concord, ON