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

On Thursday, the Seattle Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners will spend 30 minutes answering as many submitted questions about the Parks District as they can.

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? Seattleā€™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.