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“We Recommend Full Funding”

In April, you submitted questions to Seattle’s Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners. They did not have any answers for you at their public hearing or afterwards.

They did however say the following in their Draft Chair’s Report and Recommendations dated May 5th:

We recommend full funding ($1.55M) for the Racket Sport Maintenance and Expansion proposal in consideration of pickleball’s growing popularity in the city and region, and public comment during this prioritization process. After hearing community feedback – now and over the past few years – we know it is important to Seattleites that we expand the use of our tennis courts to accommodate pickleball. Not only is it the state sport, but it is accessible to elders and folks with diverse abilities.
— Jessica Farmer and Marlon Herrera Co-Chairs, Seattle Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners, May 5, 2022

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Help Plan the Future of Redmond Pickleball

Help Remond plan for pickleball growth over the next 10 to 20 years.

The previous plan dates back to 2017 and barely mentions pickleball at all. Let’s make sure the upcoming plan puts Redmond on the pickleball map.

What can I do?

  • Fill out this questionnaire by Wednesday, May 16th.
  • Attend the upcoming online community meeting on June 1st.
  • Contact Jeff Aken, Redmond Park Planning Manager, via email or by phone. Share with him your vision for pickleball facilities in Redmond, such as a pickleball complex with 12+ lighted courts. Send him pictures of other pickleball facilities that you admire and that you would like to see Redmond replicate.
  • Talk to other pickleball players who work, live or play in Redmond. Ask them to get involved. We’ll need everyone to pitch in.

That’s not enough. How else can I help?

Would you like help to organize Redmond pickleball players in their efforts to get pickleball facilities included in the upcoming Redmond Parks Plan? If so, contact the Seattle Metro Pickleball Association and we’ll put you in touch with people who have had similar experiences in Seattle, Bellevue, and Mercer Island. They will share their experience with you.

Where can I find more information?

Find out more about Redmond’s PARCC plan at https://www.letsconnectredmond.com/parcc.

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Montlake Community Center Reopening Survey

Access the survey here.

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Seattle Public Pickleball Meeting #2

Seattle Parks’ second of two public meetings on the future of outdoor pickleball will take place online on Wednesday, May 25, at 4:30pm. You can register for it here.

What is the purpose of this meeting?

Seattle Parks has refined their plans since the first meeting. They are going to show you the latest iteration and then ask for your feedback.

This will be the last public meeting organized by Seattle PArks regarding their new outdoor pickleball plans.

What will be the format of this online meeting?

SPR will present their current plan. The presentation might be followed by a poll. Then the participants will be divided in breakout rooms where they will have a chance to express their views about the plan and anything else they want to say. Each breakout room will have a facilitator that will take notes. The five breakout rooms will represent different sections of the city, probably Northeast, Northwest, Central, Southeast, and Southwest.

What is in Seattle Parks’ current plan?

We will find out at the meeting. We expect the current plan to contain:

  1. Additional court lines for 50 or more pickleball courts on existing tennis courts across 12 or more locations. throughout the city. Some of these court lines will be added this summer. Some of them will be added as the tennis courts are being resurfaced.
  2. Locations throughout the city where pickleball can be played in the evening thanks to artificial lights. Some of these lights will have to be added, so it will take time.
  3. Two or three locations where a couple of existing tennis courts that currently see very little use will be converted into dedicated pickleball courts
  4. Recommendations for two locations where to build two sets of 8 (or more) brand new dedicated pickleball courts NOT built on top of existing tennis courts. One location in the north and another one in the south. There will NOT be any funding for these dedicated pickleball courts in the plan.

How can I help?

1. Plan to attend the meeting on Wednesday, May 25, at 4:30pm. Register for it here today. Let everyone know about it.

2. Explore your neighborhood courts. Find your local public tennis courts. Ask other pickleball players for help with this. Which courts would you play on if they had pickleball court lines? Which ones already have lights? Do these lights turn on? Do they provide sufficient light to play or are they too old to be useful? Do your research ahead of the meeting since you’ll be asked for your opinion only once.

3. Explore your community courts. The city has a few larger sets of community tennis courts. They are listed below. Which ones would you play on if they had pickleball court lines? Do your research ahead of the meeting since you’ll be asked for your opinion only once.

Northeast:

  • Meadowbrook (6)
  • Laurelhurst (4)

Northwest

  • Bitter Lake (4) – Already lined for pickleball
  • Green Lake East (3) – Already lined for pickleball
  • Upper Woodland Park (4)

Central

  • David Rodgers Park (Queen Anne)
  • Magnolia Playfield (4) – Already lined for pickleball
  • Volunteer Park (4)

Southeast

  • Jefferson (4)
  • Rainier (4)
  • Rainier Beach (4)

Southwest

  • Hiawatha (3)
  • Solstice Park (6)

What else should I ask for?

1. Make sure that the plan includes lighted courts in your section of the city.

Try to find out if the lights are in good shape. Not all lights are created equal.

2. Ask for lines that we can clearly see under all lighting conditions.

Don’t you think pickleball players deserve court lines that are as easy to see as the tennis court lines?

Seattle Parks has been adamant to not disturb tennis players by making sure that the tennis lines stand out and the pickleball lines recede.

They spent years refusing to give us anything but green pickleball lines on green tennis courts.

After someone complained that this was not ADA-compliant, they switched to blue lines on green tennis courts. This is better but still not good enough as you can see in the pictures below. (Click on the pictures to see a larger version.)

We deserve lines that we can see. Privileging tennis lines over pickleball lines might have made some sense in 2017. In 2022, it is not acceptable.

3. Ask that Seattle Parks reserve specific times for “open play” pickleball on some of the dual use courts in every part of town.  For instance, “Priority for open play pickleball, every day from 9am to noon, at the Green Lake courts.”

The pickleball community is thriving and growing through Open Play. If Seattle Parks truly cares about healthy communities, it needs to support Open Play.

Are tennis players invited to attend this meeting?

They were invited to the first meeting. Inviting them to this one as well would make sense since the plan will propose adding pickleball court lines to some tennis courts and they might want to provide feedback on that subject.

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Dear Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners,

Last month, the Board of Parks Commissioners organized a Q&A session regarding the upcoming Seattle Park District funding plan. They asked you to submit your questions ahead of time, which you did. You sent in over 50 pickleball-related questions. That was over half of all questions submitted. Unfortunately, not a single one of your questions was answered during the Q&A session.

On May 1st, the Seattle Metro Pickleball Association sent the following letter to Seattle’s Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners.

Dear Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners,

Before your April 14 meeting, you invited Seattle’s citizens to submit questions regarding the upcoming Seattle Park District Funding Plan via an online form.

About 90 questions were asked. Close to two thirds of those were related to pickleball. Nevertheless, not a single one of those pickleball related question was addressed during the Q&A portion of the meeting. Instead, Brian Judd said “Seattle Parks and Recreation has received many comments advocating for more pickleball courts. We have heard you.” 

Pickleball players do not feel heard. They did not just ask for more courts. They had specific questions about fund allocations, about the data underlying the funding plan, about tennis privilege, about getting lights so people can play in the evening, about getting pickleball lines finally painted in a color that we can easily see, about the need for pickleball nets to make the sport accessible to people who cannot afford to buy their own net or the means to transport it, about growth, about your support for a sport that has  a different culture, and more. 

The pickleball community spent a lot of time and effort providing Seattle Parks with about 50 pages worth of feedback when they were asked for their “big ideas” for the future of Seattle Parks during the lead to the Strategic Plan. This was summarized in two words in Seattle Parks’ presentation to the Board of Commissioners: “More Courts”.

On April 14th, the pickleball community asked you dozens of specific questions at your invitation and yet again all these were reduced to the same two words.

If you would like the pickleball community to feel heard, please consider answering some of the pickleball related questions that you collected through your online form. 

–Miguel de Campos, Seattle Metro Pickleball Association
–Frank Chiappone, Seattle Metro Pickleball Association, President
–Jerry Kindinger, Seattle Metro Pickleball Association, Past President

P.S.: To make your life a little easier, here are most of the pickleball-related questions that were collected through your online form. No attempt was made to aggregate similar questions.

Funding

  • The Park District Funding Plan calls for the creation of 16+ dedicated lighted pickleball courts across 2 locations. Is this funded in the current plan? If not, how is it going to be funded?
  • It looks like the Park District Funding Plan calls for the creation of 16+ dedicated lighted pickleball courts across 2 locations. Is this funded in the current plan? If not, how is it going to be funded?
  • How will you work to develop new courts and fund upkeep and maintenance of sites
  • The Park District Funding Plan calls for the creation of 16+ dedicated lighted pickleball courts across 2 locations. Is this funded in the current plan? If not, how is it going to be funded?
  • Will there be additional resources for pb now that it is the state sport ?
  • Will there be dedicated pickleball funding? What is that allocation per year? Is it shared with tennis?  Thank you
  • What would have to happen for Seattle Parks and Rec to be able to use outside funds on the condition the funds be used for pickleball dedicated courts?
  • Given that most SPR Athletic fields and community center gym courts are lined for multiple sport activities, and given that SPR already lines certain venues (Lower Woodland courts or the Amy Yee Tennis Center, for instance) for the exclusive use of tennis players, what is the process for ensuring that the Racket Sport Maintenance & Expansion budget allocates comparable resources to the exclusive use of pickleball players?
  • I would like to see more dedicated Pickleball facilities. Is there an opportunity for the community to fundraise towards new facilities?
  • Since the only thing the tennis and pickleball groups agree on is that each group should have some dedicated courts in Seattle. Since Tennis already has that, can a dedicated pickleball multi court get some immediate funding?
  • Now that pickleball is the state sport, has the city tried to request state or county funding for new/improvement of pickleball courts. 

Tennis privilege

  • Why is it more of a priority to make sure tennis players continue to have lots of places to play, even if that means not increasing the pickleball availability? We are all taxpayers who should have equal priority.
  • How will you support the development and funding of pickleball courts so that their is more equitable access on all tennis courts for both sports?
  • There are concerns about displacing tennis players by dual stripping all tennis courts.  This is a case of the “haves” keeping what they have and the “have nots” begging to get what they can.  Why wouldn’t you plan on dual striping all city tennis courts that do not have tournament play restrictions to level the playing field?  Equal opportunity access via the city reservation system for all. 
  • Who has the final say on increased pickleball accessibility?  Does it make any sense having tennis players providing input into those decisions?  They are competing for the same resources and will naturally protect their sport. 

Court usage measures

  • Are the number of pickleball courts vs. tennis courts proportional to the respective court usage for each sport? How are you measuring court usage? Often times, there are many pickleball players waiting for courts during open play – is that accounted for in usage?
  • Is the Park District Funding Plan’s proposed pickleball plan based on an objective study of current court usage?
  • Is the Park District Funding Plan’s proposed pickleball plan based on an objective demand study supported by real-world data?
  • Last summer, most weekday mornings there were large crowds of people (mostly seniors) waiting to play pickleball at the Miller outdoor courts. This is a clear sign of the need for more pickleball courts in that area. How is the proposed budget addressing this situation?
  • We know that SPR has absolutely no idea about how many pickleball players there are in this metro area. What I’d like to know is why SPR is so reluctant to work with the community to get information, preferring, it seems, to spend precious city funds on expensive studies that simply delay getting anything done. That’s m6 question,

Lights

  • There are very few venues with lights for pickleball – will more be added since there are so few hours of light during the winter which prevent working people from playing.
  • The entire city has only 4 pickleball courts with decent lights . Will we have to wait until the 16+ dedicated lighted pickleball courts come online a long time from now to get more lighted courts ?

Line color

  • Could we get pickleball lines that are easy to see? Seattle’s public turf fields are all lined for multiple sports in such a way that no lines from a single sport dominate. The Seattle Community Center gyms are lined for multiple sports in such a way that no lines from a single sport dominate. Why is Seattle Parks insisting on privileging the tennis court lines over the pickleball lines? Could we get pickleball lines that are easy to see?
  • Will you commit to painting the pickleball court lines with a high visibility color?
  • Could we get pickleball lines that are easier to see? Its crazy that some courts have light green lines on  green courts which makes them practically invisible. The white tennis lines are super prominent while Pickleball lines are always a more subtle color that is harder to see. Why are tennis lines always given  prominence?

Building 30

  • Regarding the creation of a dedicated pickleball center in Seattle – Please consider accelerating what would be a 10 year plus proposal into a 2 year project.  The Magnuson Park, Hanger 30, appears to have the best start for an all season, all day and night facility for Seattle.  Currently, there are four portable nets being used at that site, open Wednesday and Thursday for two hours starting at 10AM.  Using the SPR layout which includes an ADA court 108 feet by 120 feet, the building could house a total of 8 courts – 107’ 6” feet hanger door side by 192’ 10” long.  Less, if seating is required.  The building enclosure will provide protection from all weather, and inside, there is lighting, heating, overhead fans for ventilation and sliding panel doors on opposing sides of the building.  The flooring is the only issue.  There are very noticeable and huge seam crack in the foundation.  However, an engineer can examine this flooring.  It is not just a tennis court slab which cracks and tilts, but built level to support massive airplane weight.  Both sides of the cracks are level.  Current players are not being affected by these visual monstrosities as much and they think they will be.  Please have the floor examined by pickleball flooring contractors or engineer and interview players as well. Thank you. 

Nets

  • Tennis courts are constructed with nets. How come the city doesn’t provide nets for pickleball. That doesn’t seem equitable. Why do pickleball players have to buy a portable net that can cost $150 – $300 just to play the sport.
  • Could some of the Park District Funding Plan’s “Racket Sport Maintenance & Expansion” funding be used to buy semi-permanent pickleball nets to be placed on dual-use (tennis and pickleball) courts? Not everyone has access to a temporary pickleball net. When semi-permanent nets are made available many more people get to use the pickleball courts.
  • What do we have to do to get some permanent pickleball nets installed on the tennis courts in Magnolia (courts near the community center in Magnolia village).  It would be great to start with at least two nets (which would take one tennis court out of use for tennis).

Dual-use courts

  • Are there any plans to re-paint the tennis courts around Seattle to add lines for pickle ball?  If yes, where and when? 
  • There are concerns about displacing tennis players by dual stripping all tennis courts.  This is a case of the “haves” keeping what they have and the “have nots” begging to get what they can.  Why wouldn’t you plan on dual striping all city tennis courts that do not have tournament play restrictions to level the playing field?  Equal opportunity access via the city reservation system for all. 
  • I can only hope that there will be money for much needed pickleball courts as well as permanent lines on shared courts.  Pickleball is the fastest growing sport as well as the official WA state sport and we are well below average on the number of courts in this state.  It’s time to listen to the people and make this happen !!
  • We would appreciate a lot more pickleball courts than we have in Seattle and areas around.
  • Could you please add more pickleball courts lines and nets to the tennis courts?  More and more people are on the pickleball craze and it would be fabulous if there were more opportunities to play. 

Dedicated courts

  • Are there any plans to develop courts designed only for pickle ball? If yes, what are the locations under consideration?
  • I just finished a visit with my daughter in Gilbert, AZ. There is a beautiful complex 10 minutes from her home which includes 16 pickleball courts that is overrun by pickleball players. Do you have any plans for including a facility such as this in Seattle?
  • Why are there no dedicated Pickleball facilities. Other cities around the nation have them ? Money is not the issue in this city ?
  • Why is Seattle so slow ?
  • Will the board commit to adding dedicated pickleball courts inside the city of Seattle?
  • Would it be possible to speed up the timeline for pb only courts ? Possibly the tennis courts next to green lake community center .
  • Pickleball has recently been named the official sport for the State of Washington, and there are ZERO quality, dedicated pickleball courts in the SPR system.  This is so disappointing and must be corrected with urgency. but there are ZERO quality dedicated outdoor pickleball courts in the entire SPR system.  That is embarrassing
  • I see the interest Pickleball growing exponentially but the availability of dedicated courts not keeping up. Do you have a plan to accelerate the provisioning of dedicated courts?
  • Please fund our state sport of pickleball with dedicated space for 8 – 16 courts! Thank you!
  • I can only hope that there will be money for much needed pickleball courts as well as permanent lines on shared courts.  Pickleball is the fastest growing sport as well as the official WA state sport and we are well below average on the number of courts in this state.  It’s time to listen to the people and make this happen !!
  • Is there a chance we can get more dedicated pickleball courts in Seattle? There are often 10 or more people waiting to use the courts in north Seattle
  • We would appreciate a lot more pickleball courts than we have in Seattle and areas around.
  • Please consider funding for a dedicated pickle ball facility with at least 10 courts.
  • It would be amazing to have a facility that had dedicated pickleball courts
  • Please add more dedicated pickleball courts! Thanks!
  • Please consider adding funding for lining many more dedicated pickleball courts, like a dozen or more where there are currently only a couple of courts available to play on.  This sport is catching on big time!  Thanks
  • When is SPR going to build dedicated pickleball facilities with 12 or more courts in one location?
  • Will you fund 10-20 dedicated pickeball courts? The need is great

Indoor pickleball

  • Will the Park District Funding Plan’s funding for expanded and realigned community center operating hours allow Seattle Parks to restore the free indoor drop-in pickleball programs that were cut due to lack of funds in 2019?

Pickleball courts density

  • Shoreline Parks paints 6 pickleball courts on two side-by-side tennis courts. Seattle Parks paints 4. Why is Seattle making such poor use of its court real estate?
  • Please direct the resources necessary to line more than 2 pickle ball courts [per tennis court]. This sport serves young, old, all races, genders, and it growing every week. Let’s make WA proud with our new state sport.
  • Can we please have pickleball lines that accommodate 6 courts forEach 2 tennis courts, similar to how Shoreline lines their courts. 

Growth

  • Pickleball is growing exponentially. How will the BPRC quickly address this growing need?
  • What is Parks & Recreation doing about meeting the demand for pickleball courts? There are not nearly enough to meet current demand, and demand is rising.
  • How many pickleball courts are you planning to make available in Seattle?

Tournament complex

  • Can funding be devoted to creating more space (lined courts) for pickleball, including establishing a real pickleball center with enough courts in one place for tournaments?

Decision Making Process

  • Who has the final say on increased pickleball accessibility?  Does it make any sense having tennis players providing input into those decisions?  They are competing for the same resources and will naturally protect their sport. 

Pickleball Open Play

  • The pickleball community is very inclusive thanks to its fostering of “open play” events that allow people to show up and get pulled into a game. What is Seattle Parks plan to support open play?
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Kent’s 2022 Parks and Open Space Plan Draft- Final Comments

How do you comment?

  • You can view the current draft of the Parks and Open Space plan here. You can leave your comments directly in the document.
  • If you prefer, you can email your comments to: koconnor@kentwa.gov
  • Or you can call with your comments: 253-856-6110
    • If you call or email, please be sure to give specific pages or sections that your comment belong to.

Get your comments in by May 13th, 2022.

What happens next?

  • May 17th- Council Workshop Presentation
  • June 2nd- Parks Committee for Adoption
  • June 21st- Council Meeting for Adoption
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Action Alert Sammamish: Big Rock Park South and Beaton Hill Park

What Should I Say?

Don’t just tell them you want more pickleball courts. Instead, describe your vision. How many courts? Are they side by side? Is there a fence around the courts? Is there a fence between the courts? Are there lights to allow for evening play? Is there a place to wait for a game outside the courts? Bring a picture of existing courts you like to show them.

Where and When Should I Say It?

At the City’s Earth Day Event

Find the Parks’ information booth at the City’s Earth Day event on Saturday, April 23 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM, at Beaver Lake Lodge, 25201 SE 24th St, Sammamish, WA 98075

At the Big Rock Park South Open House

Go to the open house at the future Big Rock Park South on Saturday, April 23 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM, at 22104 SE 20th St, Sammamish, WA 98075

At the first Master Plan Public Workshop

Tune in to the City’s first virtual public workshop on Thursday, April 28 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

To join the Zoom webinar, go here. If you need a passcode it is 171885.

Right now, via the City’s online Survey

You can find the survey here.

Remember to use the open-ended questions to describe your vision for pickleball courts. See the What Should I Say? section above for more details.

Where can I find more information?

The Beaton Hill & Big Rock Park South Master Plan web page has much information about the master plan and will be updated throughout the process.

Shelby Perrault is the Project Manager (425) 295-0589.

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Lots of Qs. No As.

Yesterday, Seattle’s Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners held a Q&A session regarding the Park District’s upcoming 6-year funding plan.

What did they say about pickleball?

As you already know, they want to enable Seattle Parks to catch up with deferred maintenance of outdoor courts, and they want to develop two new dedicated pickleball outdoor court facilities (16+ pickleball courts to be added across two locations by 2028).

You submitted questions ahead of the meeting as they had asked. Unfortunately, none of your questions were addressed during the Q&A session. All you got, was this:

“Seattle Parks and Recreation has received many comments advocating for more pickleball courts. We have heard you. All of your comments will be shared with the board members.”

–Brian Judd, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Did you send comments or questions? Did you only advocate for more pickleball courts, or did you have more specific questions?

Do you feel heard?

Where is the video?

We expect the video of the full meeting to be available on the Parks Board channel in a few days. In the meantime, here are the parts of the meeting that addressed pickleball.

April 17, 2022 update:

The video of the full meeting is now available here: https://www.seattlechannel.org/parksBoard/?videoid=x137032.

The relevant timestamps are:
1:02:34 for the presentation of “Racket Sport Maintenance and Expansion” budget item, and
1:21:42 for the Q&A part which starts with Seattle Parks “addressing” your pickleball questions.

What’s next?

Now that you finally had a chance to take part in yesterday’s “public discussion” of the upcoming Seattle Parks District budget, you are undoubtedly looking forward to the following opportunities to participate in the public process that will shape the upcoming budget and the future of Seattle pickleball.

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Submit a Question to the Seattle Parks District before Thursday 4/14 5:00pm

What?

The Seattle Parks District is working on their 6-year funding plan.

Ask them a question about their plan. Type it below and click the “Submit button”, or go to https://bit.ly/April14BPRC.

Did you click the “Submit” button?

To read up about the plan go here.

What should I ask?

You should ask whatever you want. If you need inspiration here are some sample questions:

  • The Park District Funding Plan calls for the creation of 16+ dedicated lighted pickleball courts across 2 locations. Is this funded in the current plan? If not, how is it going to be funded?
  • The Park District Funding Plan calls for “Making critical repairs to the only public indoor tennis facility”. Is this funded in the current plan?
  • Could some of the Park District Funding Plan’s “Racket Sport Maintenance & Expansion” funding be used to buy semi-permanent pickleball nets to be placed on dual-use (tennis and pickleball) courts? Not everyone has access to a temporary pickleball net. When semi-permanent nets are made available many more people get to use the pickleball courts.
  • The entire city has only 4 pickleball courts with decent lights . Will we have to wait until the 16+ dedicated lighted pickleball courts come online a long time from now to get more lighted courts ?
  • Is the Park District Funding Plan’s proposed pickleball plan based on an objective demand study supported by real-world data?
  • Is the Park District Funding Plan’s proposed pickleball plan based on an objective study of current court usage?
  • Will the Park District Funding Plan’s funding for expanded and realigned community center operating hours allow Seattle Parks to restore the free indoor drop-in pickleball programs that were cut due to lack of funds in 2019?
  • Could we get pickleball lines that are easy to see? Seattle’s public turf fields are all lined for multiple sports in such a way that no lines from a single sport dominate. The Seattle Community Center gyms are lined for multiple sports in such a way that no lines from a single sport dominate. Why is Seattle Parks insisting on having the tennis court lines dominate over the pickleball lines? Could we get pickleball lines that are easy to see?
  • Shoreline Parks paints 6 pickleball courts on two side-by-side tennis courts. Seattle Parks paints 4. Why is Seattle making such poor use of its court real estate?
  • The pickleball community is very inclusive thanks to its fostering of “open play” events that allow people to show up and get pulled into a game. What is Seattle Parks plan to support open play?
  • Last summer, Rec’n The Streets introduced dozens of people to pickleball. This program was so successful at some locations that the instructors were overwhelmed by the number of participants, many of which kept playing after Rec’n The Streets ended. Thank you for expanding the Rec’n The Streets in the current Park District Funding Plan.
  • Pickleball is one of the few sports that people play into their seventies, eighties and nineties. Please keep supporting Seattle’s aging population by supporting pickleball.
  • Would you please add pickleball court lines on the tennis courts located at _______ ?

When?

As soon as possible. The Board of Parks Commissioners will take as many submitted questions as they can during the facilitated Q & A session at the end of their meeting this Thursday, April 14th that starts at 6:30pm.

Can I watch the meeting?

Yes. To join the meeting, click here any time between 6:30 and 8:30pm on Thursday April 14th. The meeting agenda and the instructions for joining are here.

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Seattle Parks District wants to hear from you

The Seattle Parks District is asking for your feedback on their current upcoming funding plan.

What is in the plan?

The plan includes six years’ worth of funding spread among 40+ categories going from “Accessibility Barrier Removal to “Youth Mentorship & Employment Opportunities”. And this time around it does mention pickleball.

What is in it for pickleball?

The good parts

  • They expect to get 16+ dedicated, lighted outdoor pickleball courts to be added across two locations by 2028.
  • They are increasing the amount of money allocated to maintain and renovate existing outdoor courts.
  • They are planning to increase community centers operating hours by 9% and to reallocate hours to increase evening and weekend access.

The parts to question

  • The funding seems too small to lead to the addition of 16+ dedicated, lighted pickleball courts.
  • It’s not clear if part of the funding would be available to add more pickleball court lines to existing tennis courts and to buy semi-permanent pickleball nets.
  • There is no plan to increase indoor pickleball.

How can I help?

Please send an email to Seattle Park District Planning (PDPlanning@seattle.gov) and to the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners (Rachel.Acosta@seattle.gov).

Thank them for supporting outdoor pickleball in their current budget proposal by enabling Seattle Parks to construct two new dedicated outdoor pickleball facilities with lights. Ask them to allocate money to acquire semi-permanent pickleball nets, because pickleball court lines are not enough.

Thank them for increasing funding to allow expanded operating hours at community centers. Ask that some of the new hours be allocated to restore indoor pickleball hours that were cut in 2019 due to lack of funds.

Feel free to add your favorite pickleball topic: getting pickleball lines painted in a color that we can actually see such as yellow or orange, getting better density of pickleball courts, getting dedicated pickleball times on dual-use courts, adding pickleball court lines on the tennis courts located next to community centers, getting pickleball courts with lights in the short-term, etc.

Can you make it easy?

Sure thing. We already did most of the work for you. Click here to get started.

Just remember to sign at the bottom. And add a paragraph with your own favorite pickleball request if you wish.

Where can I find more information?

You can find the part of the budget proposal called “Racket Sport Maintenance and Expansion” here.

You can find the part of the proposed budget called “Community Center Operations” here.

Here is the Park District Funding Plan‘s web page.

Here is the Board of Park and Recreation Commissioners web page. The Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners is charged with holding public meetings and making recommendations to the Superintendent of Seattle Parks and Recreation for each six-year cycle of the Park District.