Health & Fitness

Sneak Peek: Village Pickle opens its doors this week

The new Village Pickle mega pickleball facility in Leesburg is ready to roll. It’s opening its doors this week and The Burn has your first look inside.

Village Pickle is located at the Village at Leesburg center off Route 7. It’s taken two huge spaces — one that was vacant and one that used to be the Charming Charlie store.

All total, it’s nearly 24,000 s.f. of space. It holds eight dedicated pickleball courts plus a lobby and pro shop area, a lounge and dining area, plus bathrooms, changing rooms, and even some ping pong tables at the rear of the facility.

Even better — the construction crews reconfigured the space so that the ceilings are roughly 25-feet high — plenty of room for the occasional high lob.

The Burn has recently discovered that nothing is better after a pickleball match than an ice cold beer — and Village Pickle has players covered here too.

They have worked out a deal with The Dell Food & Brew Hall just down the street. Players can scan a QR code on the tabletops at Village Pickle and order food and beverages to be delivered in a matter of minutes.

Water’s End Brewery — which has a brewing facility at The Dell — has created a special Village Pickle Pils (4.8 ABV) that we sampled today and it was great.

Food is available from the food hall restaurants, including Nacho Macho, Columbian’s Place, and Good Bites.

The Village Pickle team was still putting finishing touches on the space today — including netting that will surround the courts and installing TVs for the lounge area.

They expect to have everything in place by tomorrow — Wednesday, May 15 — when they open their doors to their members. Village Pickle opens to the general public the following day — on Thursday.

One interesting note — Village Pickle is technically a non-proft. That’s because it’s owned by the USTA/Mid-Atlantic Foundation — that’s the United States Tennis Association, which views tennis and pickleball as sister sports of a sort.