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Join the Redmond Parks and Trails Commission

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a pickleball player become one of Redmond’s Parks and Trails commissioners?

The city of Redmond is recruiting applicants to fill one vacancy on the Parks and Trails Commission. The city is committed to having a commission that reflects the diversity of the community and welcomes applications from any resident living within the 98052 zip code who is interested in the future of Redmond parks, recreation, and trails, including those who may have applied for past vacancies.

If you are interested, you can find more information here.

Pass it on.

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Lynnwood Players: Join ParksLove

The city of Lynnwood is looking for 25 community members to advise them during the creation of a comprehensive park and trail capital project plan that identifies system needs and prioritizes future investments to achieve their equitable park planning goals.

Translation: Lynnwood is going to decide which new parks projects it will fund. Wouldn’t it be nice to have at least one pickleball player on this advisory group? If you joined, you would only have to attend 6 to 8 meetings between April 2022 and August 2023 with each meeting lasting 1 to 3 hours.

If you are considering participating in this project, please take 10 minutes to complete this short survey by February 28.  

Pass it on.

More information here: www.LynnwoodWa.gov/ParksLove

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Seattle Parks and Recreation Needs Your Input on the Future of Pickleball in Seattle’s Parks

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) is seeking input from tennis and pickleball players on how they can best support the growth of pickleball. Everyone is encouraged to participate in their short survey.

Before you get started, take a moment to imagine what you would like Seattle Parks to do to support pickleball players in the future. Make sure you share it in the last question of the survey which will ask you “Do you have any other thoughts or ideas to share about pickleball or tennis in Seattle“?

Take the survey here before February 8th. Remember to share your vision for Seattle pickleball in the last question.

Need more information? You can find SPR’s announcement of their survey here.

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Action Alert: Help Make Pickleball Washington State’s Official State Sport

What Bill?

Bill 5615, to make pickleball the official sport of the state of Washington, has been assigned a hearing date for Wednesday January 12th, 2022 at 8:00 am (video), and for a Senate vote on Friday January 14th at 10:30 am (video).

After the bill clears the Senate hearing and Senate vote, a vote will be scheduled in the House sometime in February.

What should I do NOW?

ACTION 1: Now is the time to leave a comment in support of this bill, so your state representatives know you want them to vote for it! The form is super easy to fill out and your comment will be sent directly to your senator and/or representatives for your district. You can do it in less than 2 minutes. If you don’t know what to write, just say “I support bill SB 5615 to designate pickleball as the official sport of the state of Washington.

Senators John Lovick of Mill Creek and Sam Hunt from Olympia, who introduced this bill, want as many people as possible doing this, a minimum of 100 to 200 statements of support if we can. Let’s give them thousands!

ACTION 2: We need folks from all over the state to submit comments, so share the link with your pickleball friends across Washington.

What else can I do now?

If you have the time, write letters to newspaper editors in support of the bill.

What next?

There is such a buzz in the pickleball community about this bill, you will surely hear about new developments. The Seattle Metro Pickleball Association will issue further action alerts as needed.

Meanwhile, you can watch the video of the public hearing in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections on Wednesday 1/12/2022 at 8:00 am, and the video of the Senate vote on Friday 1/14/2022 at 10:30 am.

How can I track this bill’s status?

Check out its official web page on the Washington State Legislature web site.

January 31 Update

The bill will get a Senate vote next Wednesday, February 2nd. If it passes it then goes to the House for a vote, and then to the governor’s desk for signature.

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Action Alert: Help Determine the Priorities for Kirkland’s Parks and Recreational Facilities

The City of Kirkland is developing a comprehensive parks, recreation, and open space master plan to see where their parks can grow, how their programs can expand, what improvements their facilities need and ways to better serve their community. 

Many of you have already asked for more (lighted, covered, outdoor) pickleball courts in Kirkland. It’s important that we ask again, so they know that the demand for more pickleball courts still exists.

Kirkland Parks will need to hear from pickleball players at their online public meeting on December 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Register for this meeting.

A nationally known parks and recreation management consulting firm will present the results of a needs assessment survey, a detailed analysis of park conditions and park amenities, and demographics and trends used in the planning process. In addition to providing up-to-date status on the master plan, there will also be opportunities to confirm the findings and provide additional input.

The meeting will be held virtually and it should last approximately 90 minutes. You will have the opportunity to take part in polls, ask questions in the chat room and participate in a question-and-answer period. This community conversation meeting will help determine the priorities for Kirkland’s parks and recreational facilities.

They want to hear from community members of all ages and from all neighborhoods.

Register now for this meeting to be held on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

If you live, work or play pickleball in Kirkland, this meeting is for you.

Pass it on! Let all your pickleball friends know.

Got Questions? Call (425) 587-3315 or email playitforward@kirklandwa.gov. Visit the Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan website for additional updates.

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Action Alert: Ask Redmond for Pickleball Court Clusters

Another day, another survey.

Who?

This time the University of Washington-Landscape Architecture, the Integrated Ecology Lab and the City of Redmond (Parks & Recreation) would like to analyze your experience of Redmond’s parks and trails, and determine the impact of COVID-19 related social distance measures on these parks and trails’ attendance.

What? (…does this have to do with pickleball)?

The last question of the survey is “What would you like to see from our public parks as we move forward in a post COVID World?” That is your chance to answer “More lighted, covered pickleball courts clustered together in groups of 8 or more. Pickleball is a great intergenerational physical activity with a strong social component. (https://youtu.be/GMtEePVkZac?t=261).

Why?

Redmond already has many pickleball courts scattered throughout the city. It needs a pickleball venue with many pickleball courts next to each other, where players can congregate all day for open play and know that they will find other players at their level.

When?

Today of course! And definitely before December 5th, 2021.

Where?

Redmond’s Parks & Trails Survey 2021 (google.com)

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Action Alert: Help us get $50,000 for pickleball lines!

Seattle City Council member Tammy Morales is sponsoring a city budget amendment titled “Add $50,000 GF to SPR to support adding pickleball court lines to existing tennis courts” in Seattle. Dan Strauss and Kshama Sawant are co-sponsors. 

Please send all three an email to thank them for this.

This amendment still needs to be voted on by the entire Seattle City Council. Please email the entire city council as well to ask them vote in favor of this amendment. 

Here is a tip: click on each of the words “email” above to get a head start.

Thank you!

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Action Alert: Support Bellevue Pickleball Players Asking for Better Outdoor Pickleball Court Lines (and Nets). Deadline: Tuesday, November 9, 3pm.

Summary

Bellevue pickleball players have been making steady progress in convincing the Bellevue Parks Board to support pickleball. They will be proposing short and long term solutions at the next Bellevue Parks Board meeting on Tuesday, November 9.

Right now, we need to express our support for their short-term solution of painting (better) pickleball lines on specific tennis courts.

What is going on

Bellevue Parks has been painting lines for a single pickleball court on a tennis court in multiple locations. This is inadequate because:

  • It is making poor use of the available real estate. You can easily fit two pickleball courts on a single tennis court.
  • It doesn’t take into account that pickleball as a strong social component that is only possible if a substantial number of pickleball courts are clustered together.
  • A tennis net, even if it is lowered, is not the same as a pickleball net. The net height is usually off and there is no opportunity for “around the post” shots.

It is much better to paint pickleball court lines on each side of the tennis net and provide permanent roll-away pickleball nets.

What to do

Please email the Bellevue Parks Board, with the subject line “Written Communications – November 9“, by Tuesday 3pm and ask them to line the tennis courts at Hilaire, Crossroads, Norwood and Lakemont Park to accommodate at least 2 pickleball courts per tennis court, and to allow permanent roll-away pickleball nets. All written comments received prior to 3pm on November 9 will be read or summarized into the record at the meeting.

If you want to do more

Check out three easy things to do today to ask Bellevue Parks for more pickleball courts.

Take this Bellevue Parks survey by November 8 and ask for more indoor and outdoor pickleball activities.

If you want to know more

To attend the 6pm Parks Board meeting on November 9, go to https://cityofbellevue.zoom.us/j/93884171236. The passcode will be 571753.

Check out Bellevue’s Parks and Open Space System Plan web page.

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Three easy things to do today to ask Bellevue Parks for more pickleball courts

  1. Go to the Bellevue Parks and Open Spaces Suggestion Box.
    Give some love to all the pickleball suggestions already posted.
    Add your own.
  2. Go to the Bellevue Parks an Open Spaces Survey, and ask for lighted, covered, dedicated pickleball courts, clustered in groups of 8 or more.
    Or whatever else you would like to see.
  3. Tell all your pickleball friends to do the same.

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Action Alert: Shape the future of the Bellevue Parks System

Do you dream of Bellevue having many sets of 6 or 12 dedicated outdoor pickleball courts in its parks system?

During a virtual Neighborhood Leadership Gathering on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 8:00pm, Bellevue Parks and Community Services staff will share the scope of the department’s many assets and services and the purpose of a master plan. You will have opportunities during the evening to share your priorities and dreams for the future of the Bellevue parks system.

RSVP Todayneighborhoodoutreach@bellevuewa.gov

More information: https://bellevuewa.gov/city-government/departments/community-development/neighborhoods/classes-and-events/neighborhood-leadership-gathering