Seattle Parks and Recreation launches seven Pickleball pilot sites and provides Pickleball equipment at five sites

Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) is committed to listening to the community and delivering new opportunities for play and recreation that will serve Seattle’s growing population. As a response to input received from the community, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planning and Development Division is leading a one-year pickleball pilot project. We recently completed the lining of multiple tennis court sites for pickleball and are supplying the pickleball equipment at several of the locations throughout Seattle.

All locations with lined pickleball courts are joint use sites for both tennis and pickleball, and no changes have been made to the tennis court nets at any of the sites. The tennis court sites selected are based on demand for more pickleball and the following feasibility criteria: accessibility, current court use, existing court conditions, and equitable distribution.

The following courts are lined for pickleball:

  • South Park Community Center, 1 tennis court lined with 2 pickleball courts, in south-west district
  • Georgetown Playfield, 1 tennis court lined with 4 pickleball courts in south-central district
  • Delridge Community Center, 2 tennis courts lined with 4 pickleball courts in south-west district
  • Discovery Park Court, 2 tennis courts lined with 4 pickleball courts in central-west district
  • Miller Community Center, 2 tennis courts lined with 4 pickleball courts in central-east district
  • Soundview Playfield, 2 tennis courts lined with 4 pickleball courts in north-west district
  • Green Lake Park, 1 tennis court lined with 2 pickleball courts in central-north district

For anyone interested in playing pickleball, equipment can be checked out at South Park, Delridge, Miller and Green Lake Community Centers, and Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center. To assure access to equipment please check with the facility for operation hours and equipment availability. Both tennis players and pickleball players can attain a court upon arrival at Soundview Playfield, Delridge Playfield, Miller Playfield and Green Lake Park courts by making a court reservation. Reservations can be made through the Amy Yee Tennis Center (206) 684-4764 and a small fee will be charged. For reservation information visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/reserve/tennis-court-reservations.

Pickleball courts can also be found at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Kinnear Park and Observatory Courts.

For questions or to comment on this pilot project please email pickleball@seattle.gov.

 

 

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Seattle Parks and Recreation launches pickleball pilot project

Seattle Parks and Recreation is committed to listening to the community and delivering new opportunities for play and recreation that will serve Seattle’s growing population. Consequently, as a response to input received from the community, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Planning and Development Division is leading a pilot project to implement lining of multiple tennis court sites for pickleball.

The sites selected are recommended for shared use by both pickleball and tennis players.  The tennis court sites will be lined for pickleball, however, there will be no changes made to the tennis nets. The tennis court sites were selected based on demand for more pickleball and the following feasibility criteria: accessibility, current court use, existing court conditions, and equitable distribution.

The following are potential courts recommended for pickleball:

  • South Park Community Center in south-west district
  • Georgetown Playfield in south-central district
  • Delridge Community Center in south-west district
  • Discovery Park Court in central-west district
  • Miller Community Center in central-east district
  • Soundview Playfield in north-west district
  • Green Lake Park in central-north district

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park, Kinnear Park and Observatory Courts all currently have pickleball courts.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will be gathering comments on the pickleball pilot project through Sept. 5, 2017. For questions or to comment on this pilot project please email pickleball@seattle.gov.

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New pickleball courts coming as sport grows in popularity

Community members Jean West, Andy Miller, Jeff Parke and Catherine Carey play pickleball in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park.

 

Pickleball was invented on Bainbridge Island in 1965. Nearly 50 years later, pickleball’s popularity is booming just across the Puget Sound in Seattle and across the country. The National Recreation and Park Association recently started a forum for Parks staff to discuss how to accommodate the new trend.

In Seattle, pickleball has been played in Parks community centers for years, but the first and only City-outdoor courts opened just last year in Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Since fall 2013, the courts have helped create a community of avid pickleball players and the popularity of the game continues to grow.

Jeff Bialer and his wife Jean West picked up the sport when they saw the courts appear in their neighborhood park. Though they had to look up the rules, the two said the courts were too convenient to ignore and now they’re hooked. The couple joined an online meetup where community members can sign up to meet throughout the week and play together on the courts.

“It’s a good thing that I’m retired and can play on Tuesday mornings,” Bialer said, “because in the evenings, the courts are packed.”

Catherine Carey is another member of the meetup group. She said she often played pickleball in community centers, but was excited to bring her game outdoors.

“I found Maple Leaf so delightful,” Carey said. “It’s so nice to be outside in your neighborhood with other people in your community.”

Other than its potential for fun and new friends, pickleball is beneficial for senior citizens and people with sports injuries who need low-impact exercise.

Andy Miller is a tennis player at heart, but has an injured wrist and found pickleball to be a great tennis alternative. The sport still requires coordination and flexibility, but the ball is lighter and the court is easier to cover.

Similarly, Jeff Parke discovered pickleball after he injured his Achilles tendon playing racquetball. Because of his injury, he shied away from racket sports for about 15 years. Parke started playing pickleball in May and said it’s been a wonderful replacement.

“I really like the game and the enthusiasm of everyone who plays at Maple Leaf is fantastic,” Parke said.

In response to that enthusiasm, Seattle Parks is opening a new sports court at Montlake Playfield this fall that will accommodate pickleball. The court is scheduled to open by the end of November.

Pickleball court etiquette

Seattle Parks is excited to take part in pickeball’s growing popularity, and we want to make sure the courts are well-maintained for the community. To help keep our courts functioning, please use the pickleball courts only for pickleball. Pickleball nets are delicate and cannot handle the weight or force of soccer balls, volleyballs or tennis balls.