The Malden Recreation Department is thrilled to provide Pickleball as a program since January 2014. Malden Recreation Coordinator, Joe Levine, was approached by local ambassador of the USA Pickleball Association, Peter Sullivan, to introduce this fast growing sport. Pickleball is currently played by more than 100,000 players across the nation and has made its way to Malden. So, what is Pickleball? Pickleball is a hybrid between tennis and ping pong, without the speed.