Inside Life Time’s First Pickleball Club in Bloomington
Life Time’s first pickleball-focused facility is now open to members in Bloomington, Minn.
The multi-million-dollar renovation of the old Bloomington North fitness center began last October, aligning with Life Time’s plan to become the largest indoor operator of pickleball.
The revamped club features five competitive-level pickleball courts and a dedicated viewing area for open play and future tournaments. A full bar and lounge space for post-play social gatherings and events will open later this year.
Life Time hopes the location will become a central destination for pickleball events in the Twin Cities, as well as draw the best players to Minnesota.
“This is going to be a pickleball paradise for those with a love of this sport and to be surrounded by other passionate players, all in a new state-of-the-art destination,” said Life Time spokesman Dan DeBaun. “We’ve seen a great response from our members in Minnesota.”
Seven Life Time clubs now feature permanent pickleball courts, but Bloomington North is the first of the Chanhassen-based company’s fitness centers to be completely turned over to the sport. Pickleball courts are available at Life Time in St. Louis Park, White Bear Lake, and Chanhassen. DeBaun said Edina is on the horizon.
Life Time Bloomington North will partner with the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) for several tournaments throughout the year. The fitness company also enlisted Katie Easer, former lead coordinator for the Wayzata Country Club, to lead its pickleball programming, including competitive pickleball leagues and events, open play, and lessons.
Life Time plans to add more pickleball courts nationwide, hoping to have over 300 courts for its members by the end of 2022.
Access to the Bloomington North facility is limited to Life Time signature members.
Once an obscure sport often relegated to retirement homes, pickleball has seen a massive resurgence in recent years. Late last week, The New York Times dedicated an entire feature to the sport’s rise.