12,000-Square-Foot Pickleball Facility Coming To Timonium

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TIMONIUM - The first fully-dedicated indoor pickleball facility in Baltimore County is coming to the Timonium Exchange in 2023.

Baltimore Pickleball Club has signed a lease with St. Johns Properties for a 12,000-square-foot space within the Timonium Exchange (intersection of Interstate 83 and York Road).

Owers Bonny Gothier and her daughter Alex Guerriere, are expected to open the facility in late 2023. Baltimore Pickleball Club intends to leverage unprecedented growth in the sport. , Pickleball was invented in 1965 and is considered among the fastest-growing sports in the country.

According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, more than a half-million people have taken up Pickleball since early 2021, and more than five million play regularly. Pickleball equipment manufacturer Selkirk reports that Google searches for “pickleball” have increased nearly 220% over the past five years. Data from USA Pickleball shows that 52% of all core players are 55 and older, with the fastest growth occurring among players under 24 years of age.

Gothier counts herself among the many who have recently “become obsessed” with Pickleball and hopes this new facility will help share her passion with the broader community.

“I was introduced to the sport at our family’s winter home in Key Largo, Florida, approximately four years ago and, upon talking to my neighbors that also reside in Connecticut and New Jersey, realized they regularly play at indoor facilities back home throughout the year, Gothier said.

“Baltimore County currently has no pickleball-only indoor venues, but I often see hundreds of people participating on makeshift tennis courts outside while also playing in adverse weather conditions, including cold and rain. With that type of commitment to the sport, we recognized the tremendous opportunity to fill an obvious need in the Baltimore community and grow the sport with the delivery of a world-class facility.”

The new space will include four dedicated pickleball courts, a practice wall, and a mezzanine level suited for viewing play on the courts below. The ownership group is also considering placing treadmills or exercise equipment on this level for players to warm up and adding an enclosed private viewing area.

“Because all play will be videotaped, this private viewing room will be ideal for players to gather after a match and relive the games while enjoying a drink or for a training session in which players rewatch play with their coach,” Gothier explained. The facility will also be outfitted with a pro shop and locker rooms, and the ownership group plans to make beer and wine available.

Current plans are for the facility to open to the public in late 2023.

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