Here’s the low-down on the latest crop of exciting new places to play, practice, and party!
THE SANDBOX AT DERBY
This winter there’s a new wonderland for Wichita’s pickleball players: The Sandbox at Derby, in the city’s largest suburb, plans a soft opening in January, offering four indoor pickleball courts and six outdoor (plus sand volleyball, cornhole, and other yard games). Thanks to some clever engineering, the outdoor courts will be in use year-round: A 65,000-square-foot removable dome is being constructed to cover the outdoor playing area in winter. Guests will be able to reserve courts or just walk in and while away any wait time at the venue’s two-story restaurant and bar, complete with a 5,000-square-foot deck overlooking the sports. Tournaments and leagues are planned, though the owner intends to reserve time and courts for fundraisers and clinics. (Costs for play were not available at press time.) Keep track of the progress at derbysportszone.com.