What Pilot Program?
As part of a pilot program running from October 2017 to October 2018, the Seattle Parks Department has added pickleball lines to existing outdoor tennis courts in seven locations to create a total of 24 new outdoor pickleball courts. Many thanks to all the pickleball players who attended meetings and wrote emails, and to the Pickleball Pilot Project Team at the Seattle Parks and Recreation Department!
To send feedback to the Seattle Parks Department about this pilot program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Seattle Parks department will use your feedback to evaluate the success of the pilot program. So at a minimum, write to thank them for making the courts available.
Where are the pilot program courts?
The seven locations are:
What about nets?
The new pickleball courts don't have permanent pickleball nets. You will have to use portable pickleball nets instead. You can buy your own net, borrow one, or join a group that already has one.
The Seattle Parks Department Pickleball Pilot Project Team has delivered portable nets, balls and wooden paddles that you can borrow to the Delridge, Green Lake, Miller, and South Park Community Centers, as well as at the Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center.
Pickleball equipment is available for free check-out at the front desks of the following community centers:
- Delridge Community Center
- Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center
- Green Lake Community Center
- Miller Community Center
- South Park Community Center
To reserve the equipment, fill out the equipment check-out form at the community center with your information. You do not need to leave an i.d. or any form of collateral with community center staff. If they insist that you leave your driver's license or keys, please ask them to double check the official procedures. If they won't budge, please report the incident to email@example.com. In all cases, stay polite. Errare humanum est.
Please note that the equipment is heavy (approx 25lbs) and cumbersome. The Seattle Parks and Recreation staff can only assist with exchanging the equipment at the front desk. Staff are not available to transport equipment.
As part of the pilot program overnight check-out is available. Equipment checked out overnight must be returned the next day (the center is open) within an hour after the center has opened to allow the equipment to be available for other users. Should the equipment not be returned, the user will be responsible for the cost of replacement.
How do I setup a portable pickleball net?
There are many different portable pickleball nets available. While they have small differences, you will learn most of what you need to know by watching this YouTube video:
Can I reserve a court?
All courts are available on a first come first served basis unless they have been reserved. Reservations have priority over drop-in play.
The court reservation system used for pickleball is the same as the tennis court reservation system. As a consequence, if you want to reserve a pickleball court, you have to actually reserve the tennis court that contains it. Doing so, you will likely reserve multiple pickleball courts.
As of this writing, youth and seniors pay $6 per hour while adults pay $8 per hour to reserve a tennis court. This is a price per court, not per person.
You can reserve a court for as long as you would like with a minimum of one hour.
Reservations must be made at least 8 hours in advance. This allows the public to call the reservation line to see if courts have been reserved or if they are available for drop-in play.
More information on reservations for outdoor courts can be found here: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/reserve/tennis-court-reservations