Park your car on Woodward or Merrill Plaisance and meander past Lake Frances, the brand new Tennis & Pickle Ball courts and 

Detroit Mounted Police Stables to the Handball courts. Click image above for map.

Though there are not leagues, there are semi-consistent times for games at the courts.

Try Monday, Wednesday or Fridays at 3:30 - 6:30, and Sunday mornings at 9:30.


Click on the link where people post pick-up games.



 In the heart of Motown....  

From 1950 to 1972 the 3 Wall Nationals were held at Palmer Park. In the mid 70s the courts fell on hard times, falling prey to neglect and disrepair. In 2018 a small but determined group of handballers began a revival. Now you can be part of history when you roll 'em out at these 4 - 22' x 40' courts.

Consider donating for court improvements though the MHA Donations page or the GoFundMe for Palmer Park Court Rehab. 

 GoFundMe link 



Back in its heyday from 1951 to 1972, Palmer Park was the place for handball, hosting the 3 Wall Nationals. These tournaments lasted a week, with players coming from all over the country.

Herskowitz, Decater, the Obert brothers, August, Russo and Hofflander car-pooled from New York.

Paul Haber drank his way to the Palmer Park - and to championships.

Jimmy Jacobs represented the best of Los Angeles.

And hometown favorites such as Golden, Scopis, Rott and so many more graced these courts.

This was Detroit handball ......  

 - The 1971 3 Wall Nationals -

Joel Wisotsky-Ruby Obert vs

Fred Munsch-John Sabo

            Click the photo to head back in time

            to see video of the match and Palmer Park

            crowd filling the stands. 

This was 

Detroit handball ...... 

The tradition continues.

Here are images of

refurbishing to make playable courts. 

This took a bit longer as we

couldn't stop playing during the process.

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