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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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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: 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

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Tell Kirkland Parks: “More Pickleball Please”

The Kirkland Parks Department will be visiting Kirkland Parks to collect your parks and recreation stories in July and August. Look for a large blue human-sized butterfly. Tell it you would like to see more outdoor and indoor pickleball facilities in Kirkland.

Here is where you can find it next:

July 29 – 2 PM to 4 PM Lee Johnson FieldSprinkler Park
July 31 – 1 PM to 3 PM Marina Park SummerFest (KidZone)  
August 3 – 11 AM to 12 PM Juanita Beach Park Kids Concert (After)  
August 6 – 6 PM to 8 PM Lee Johnson Field Cornhole Tournament
August 7 – 11 AM to 1 PM Downtown Kirkland Kirkland Car Show
August 13 – 1 PM to 3 PM Totem Lake Park
August 18 – 3 PM to 5 PM Marina Park Wednesday Market

It is important that the Parks department hear from pickleball players at these events.

Please tell your friends.

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Action Alert: Find Kirkland’s Blue Human-sized Butterfly and Tell it Kirkland Needs More Indoor and Outdoor Pickleball Facilities

What you already did

In June, we asked you to participate in a public forum about Kirkland’s Parks Department upcoming Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces (PROS) plan update.

The results are in and you did an amazing job. Check out the results here: https://www.kirklandwa.gov/files/sharedassets/public/parks-amp-comm-services/park-planning/pdfs/pros-plan-1st-public-forum-presentation.pdf

Some of you also participated in focus groups. We haven’t heard any official results from these, but we do know that at most focus groups had multiple pickleball advocates.

What we need to do now

A large blue human-sized butterfly will be visiting Kirkland Parks to collect your stories and feedback. The butterfly will make her first appearance out of the cocoon at the Juanita Friday Market from 3 to 5pm on July 9, 2021. Find the butterfly and tell it that Kirkland needs more indoor and outdoor pickleball facilities.

More opportunities to catch the butterfly will be posted in the future on Kirkland’s PROS web page.

Please tell your friends.

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ACTION ALERT: Register Today to Ask for More Indoor and Outdoor Pickleball in Kirkland on June 17, 6:30-8:00PM

This year, the City of Kirkland is updating its Parks, Recreation and Open Space (PROS) Plan which is a six-year guide and strategic plan for managing and enhancing park and recreation services. The PROS Plan establishes a path forward for providing high quality, community-driven parks, trails, open spaces and recreational opportunities to benefit Kirkland community members and visitors. This planning process provides a vision for where the parks can grow, how programs can expand, what improvements facilities need and ways to better serve the community. Let’s make sure the plan includes pickleball.

Kirkland has hired Greenplay to ask for your input regarding this plan. Greenplay will host a Public Forum on June 17th from 6:30 to 8:00pm.

At the public forum, you will have the opportunity to take part in polls, ask questions in the chat room and participate in a question-and-answer period. The input received during this public forum as well as through focus groups, interviews and survey opportunities will be used to determine the priorities for Kirkland’s recreational facilities and activities, what funding sources may be available, potential partnerships, and how best to support the recreational needs of the community. Let’s seize this opportunity to ask for more indoor and outdoor pickleball facilities.

Register today at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pVX3kMQYTgm6Yg28hqXeyg and tell all your pickleball friends who live, work or play in Kirkland to register and attend as well.

See you online on June17th!