I'm Eunice, Chairperson of the Aitkin Area Pickleball Association.
This site was created to communicate about all things pickleball in the Aitkin, MN area.
I've seen so many friendships develop from our pickleball community - and that's what pickleball represents to me. At the end of the day, we don't remember the score, we remember the people.
We are a small community with big pickleball dreams!
WHAT DOES THE ASSOCIATION DO?
Train pickleballers of all ages
Advocate for quality pickleball playing locations in Aitkin and surrounding areas
Provide tools to improve pickleball skills (pickleball tutor pitching machine)
Maintain PlayTime Scheduler to sign up to play at specific locations
Run PicklePalooza - an annual fun weekend event
Supply pickleballs for member use
Purchase necessary equipment to improve our playing venue
We accept voluntary $20 per person dues every summer.
Please make checks out to "AAPA" and send to: Aitkin Pickleball/CO
Julie Wilson, 27792 450th PL, Aitkin, MN, 56431
Please include your email as we send periodic updates on the courts and events.
WHO WE ARE
Aitkin Area Pickleball Association Board Members: Chairperson: Eunice Weslander
Treasurer: Julie Wilson
Scheduling: Roberta Kosloski
Court Management: Tim Steffens
Website/Outreach: Carolyn Karstens
Member: Mike Eisenbraun
Member: Judy Anakkala
Member: Kathy Asplin
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
AAPA is the result of years of passionate devotion by many pickleball leaders in our community. A very special thank you to John Newstrom. John is a self-described pickleball fanatic, and was one of several people who helped form and administer the Aitkin Area Pickleball Association. He has been an active player, PB 101 instructor, and coach for many years. He has also served as an Ambassador for the U.S. Pickleball Association, responsible for promoting pickleball in the Aitkin County area.
John is the pickleball patriarch of the Aitkin area. He continues to teach and offer his expert advice on a regular basis. He has been here from the beginning and many of us have learned from him; not only the game of pickleball, but also the love and passion for the game. For these things we owe him a debt of gratitude.
Also a special thanks to:
The original group of AAPA Board Members in addition to John: Dorothy Casey, Janet Lindgren (continues to teach) Rodger Lindgren (continues on the committee) Jim Benda, Pat and Mark Hodges, and Mary Beal.
Director Community Ed: Lara Parkin
Rippleside Elementary Janitors
City of Aitkin -Mike Skrbich-City Administrator, Lon Nicko-Street Commissioner and Aitkin City Council and Park Board
Aitkin Area Pickleball Association
Please reach out if you have questions, comments, or would like to volunteer.