The Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) department is changing its tennis and pickleball court reservation policy. SMPA is trying to understand what impact (if any) this will have on pickleball. Please contact SPR’s Matt Look and/or the SMPA if you have concerns or questions.
SMPA has in the past rented the East Green Lake courts for weekend outdoor play, with the cost typically covered by player donations. We do not expect this new policy to affect such rentals.
Here is the email announcing the changes.
From: “Look, Matthew”
Subject: Amy Yee Tennis Center Group/Lesson Policy Update 2021
Date: February 2, 2021 at 3:51:15 PM PST
Dear Coaches and Coordinators,
2020 presented many challenges with tennis court usage and accessibility. Tennis is considered a low risk activity, and outdoor tennis, even more so, thus the demand for outdoor courts was at an all-time high. The calls for more transparency and fairness with our booking policies was heard by our department. Coupled with our efforts to get online booking up and running, we are making some changes to our outdoor court rental policies for 2021. We are contacting you as a frequent user of our outdoor courts.
The general public will be able to rent courts no more than 14 days in advance with a maximum reservation time of 3 hours. If your reservations generally fall into these parameters, then you may continue to call or email us for your booking like normal. If you need to book courts more than 14 days ahead of time and/or longer than 3 hours, we ask that you agree to the following:
- Booking requests for must be communicated to an AYTC administrator (currently Matt Look, or Ian Clare)
- Payment will be due 30 days before the first day of your booking
- Unpaid permits will be canceled 14 days before the first day of your booking
- All adjustments/cancelations must be made a minimum of 14 days ahead of time
- No refunds or date changes within 14-day period
- Weather related cancelations can be reported up to 48 hours after the booking date
If you are booking within 14 days, reservations will be subject to the 3-hour maximum, cancelations need to be made 24 hours in advance for a refund.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about these new procedures. If you have your requests for summer ready, we can start to look at them now. Seattle Public Schools have priority on our courts, and their season has been delayed due to the pandemic, and will stretch into June, which may affect court availability for your reservation requests.
Senior Recreation Specialist, Amy Yee Tennis Center
City of Seattle, Seattle Parks and Recreation
2000 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Seattle, WA 98144
For more information about Seattle court reservations, visit SPR’s Tennis Court Reservations web page.