Gig Harbor Pickleball News
There is great summer outdoor pickleball play in Gig Harbor at Sehmel Homestead Park. This nicely outfitted park, with clean restrooms and plenty of parking, is a local pickleball haven. South Sound Pickleball Club welcomes players of all abilities and good sportsmanship to play on their 9 pickleball courts, with permanent lines painted on multi-use basketball and tennis courts.
Regular Saturday morning Open Play starts about 9:30 AM to whenever, with many players also coming out on Sunday mornings. They started officially on June 8, 2019 and will keep this schedule, weather permitting, to mid September. They have different levels of play at various courts, but anyone is welcome to go to any court. There is at least one challenge court, with a second as needed.
New this summer, they are starting at 8:30 AM with drill practice for about an hour. During this time, you can expect to be switching players so that folks can get to know and play with different players. Also, anyone wanting to practice refereeing is encouraged to do so. The club will provide the score sheets and other items for referees.
To help pay for the Saturday reservations, they are asking players to donate $25, which in addition to the reservation fees that they have to pay in advance, will pay for Onix outdoor balls, some fruit, water and use of nets and other equipment. Please get with Ken or Miok at the courts on the weekends. Hope to see you all there!
Pickleball Station is hiring!
Love pickleball and want to share your knowledge? Interested in trying the hottest new products?
If so, Pickleball Station is seeking a new employee to work their Pro Shop. Duties include selling and informing customers about the 100+ paddles they carry, answering questions about the game, and demoing gear with visitors on their courts. On-the-job training is provided in regards to product knowledge, however they are looking for at least a 3.0 level player so that customers will have an easy time demoing paddles. Availability requirements are Friday through Sunday, hours to be determined. Some availability during weekdays is preferred. You can contact Pete with your resume and brief cover letter if interested.
Mercer Island Pickleball News
Ball Change - Given that the new batch of ONIX Fuse yellow pickleballs has been breaking after only one or two days of play, MICEC will return them to the seller and buy the traditional green JUGS balls for our use. Obviously, if anyone one wants to bring out their own Franklin or ONIX Fuse pickleballs to play with at MICEC they are welcomed to do so.
Pickleball on Sundays returned to MICEC on June 2, 2019, thanks to a $20,000 grant from King County (Get Active Stay Active) which will be used to partially restore recreation and community programs that were eliminated due to the recent failure of the City of Mercer Island operating levy. Part of this grant allowed for restoring Pickleball on Sundays at MICEC (1:00 PM– 4:00 PM, Full Gym). Bring your paddles and ~$5 if you are not a Mercer Island resident.
LUTHER BURBANK TENNIS COURTS - Cracks were filled and the tennis nets set up at the three courts down at Luther Burbank Park. However, there are no current plans to paint/tape pickleball lines on the tennis courts. As we do understand that there is interest in this enhancement, our team currently doesn’t have capacity to add lines. This is an issue that will be addressed through Mercer Island Parks Recreation and Open Space Plan, which will be a 6 year comprehensive plan that will address future program and capital enhancements and will lay out a set of priorities for our department. This plan will have extensive public input and would be the best place to drive support for any park additions or enhancements.
Updates from Ravenna Eckstein Court Project
The final DESIGN PHASE steps are to conduct two open house format viewings of the final design, and associated construction documents and estimated costs. All are invited to drop in to either one to see and understand the current status of this project. Stay as long as you need, or drop by for 5 minutes. Both meetings are an open house format. Please drop in at either location, any time during the designated times. Two Library branches are the meeting locations (Not at Eckstein MS), both have some limited, free parking.
- Meeting 1 - May 7th (Tuesday) Green Lake Library branch meeting room ( 4:00 - 5:30 PM )
- Meeting 2 - May 8th (Wednesday) Northeast Library Branch meeting room ( 5:30 - 6:30 PM)
They are transitioning from Design to construction planning and funding - and this project is looking for its next group of stewards. It seems a good time to bring in a new leadership team, more closely tied to the Eckstein MS community. Kathy Schmidtke is no longer a parent of a current EMS student, and believe current parents, more closely connected to the school, its events and activities are better suited to promote this project into the next phase. She started this in 2017, and its time to pass the baton.
Many construction variables exist regarding the court surface repair process and final coating, fence repair vs. replacement. Cost estimates exist for a basic version, and a deluxe solution with associated costs from $ 40K - $ 80K. The next leadership team will need to determine what scale of fundraising is feasible and possible in the current climate of public grant funding availability. The next DON grant application date is September 2019. Partners: The Seattle Schools Self Help team (Operations) remains committed to support this project into the next phase. Seattle Parks Foundation continues to be our fiscal sponsor and is available to consult on the next phase of fundraising. Please feel free to submit any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org and more importantly, they need more folks to attend one of the meetings on 5/7 or 5/8/19 and sign in to help us meet the public process requirement for their grant from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON).
You can join the mailing list by texting the keyword: EMSpickleball to 22828 and an automated reply will ask them to enter an email address. Also, look for the Facebook group: Pickleball at Eckstein MS (NE Seattle)
Seattle Parks and SMPA working committee
What they've said
The Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) pickleball pilot project led by the Planning and Development Division ended October 31, 2018. The study included the striping of multiple pilot sites across the city, site visits, input from players, staff and community members via meetings, emails and an online survey. SPR received substantial feedback about the pickleball community’s excitement and gratitude for the pilot program. There was also a great deal of desire expressed for dedicated pickleball courts. A report will be available in January 2019.
SPR will be working internally to determine next steps that include assessing the potential for additional court striping projects and the feasibility of dedicated courts.