Lots of Qs. No As.

They asked for your questions. They did not have any answers.

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.