Seattle Parks and Recreation shuts off most tennis court lights for winter to save energy

Amy Yee Tennis Center

Seattle Parks and Recreation shut off the lights at most outdoor lighted tennis courts for the winter. This is an effort to create energy savings during the months when few people play tennis outside. There are 60 lighted outdoor courts throughout the parks system.

Lights at the courts below stay on year round:

  • Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, 1635 11th, (one court)
  • Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill, 3801 Beacon Ave. S (four courts)
  • Meadowbrook Playfield in northeast Seattle, 10533 35th NE (six courts)
  • Miller Playfield in Capitol Hill/Central District, 330 19th E (two courts)
  • Lower Woodland Park in northwest Seattle, 1000 N 50th (10 courts)
  • Rainier Playfield in southeast Seattle, 3700 S Alaska St. (four courts)
  • Solstice Park, in West Seattle, 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW (formerly Lincoln Park Annex, six courts)

Winter play is also available at the Amy Yee Tennis Center’s indoor courts. For information, please call 206-684-4764 or go to http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Athletics/Tennisct.htm.  For information about the Sandpoint Tennis Center at Magnuson Park please visit http://tenniscentersandpoint.com/.  For the full listing of Seattle Parks tennis courts, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/tennis.asp.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will turn the lights back on when we return to Daylight Savings Time in March 2016.

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Amy Yee Tennis Center offers 75-degree half-priced specials in July

Amy Yee Tennis Center indoor courts

When it’s hot outside, it can be difficult to find safe, comfortable forms of exercise. With a forecast of a dry, hot summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be offering 50-percent discounts on indoor tennis court rentals at Amy Yee Tennis Center any day in July that it’s predicted to be more than 75 degrees. Amy Yee Tennis Center is located at 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. 

Take advantage of this limited-time offer, and get fit without fear of sunburn or heat exhaustion.

Courts can be reserved up to six days in advance by phone or in person. There is a 24-hour cancelation policy. Reservations can be made for the same time if courts are available. Call 206-684-4764 to make reservations, or visit http://www.seattle.gov/parks/athletics/tennisct.htm for more information.

 

Seattle Parks shuts off most tennis court lights for winter to save energy

Seattle Parks and Recreation will shut off the lights at most outdoor lighted tennis courts for the winter on Nov. 3, 2014. This is an effort to create energy savings during the months when few people play tennis outside.

Lights at courts below stay on year round:

  • Bobby Morris Playfield at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, 1635 11th, (one court)
  • Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill, 3801 Beacon Ave. S (four courts)
  • Meadowbrook Playfield in northeast Seattle, 10533 35th NE (six courts)
  • Miller Playfield in Capitol Hill/Central District, 330 19th E (two courts)
  • Lower Woodland Park in northwest Seattle, 1000 N 50th (10 courts)
  • Rainier Playfield in southeast Seattle, 3700 S Alaska St. (four courts)
  • Solstice Park, in West Seattle, 7400 Fauntleroy Way SW (formerly Lincoln Park Annex, six courts)

Winter play is also available at the Amy Yee Tennis Center’s indoor courts. For information, please call 206-684-4764 or go to http://www.seattle.gov/parks/Athletics/Tennisct.htm.  For information about the Sandpoint Tennis Center at Magnuson Park please visit http://tenniscentersandpoint.com/.

For the full listing of Seattle Parks tennis courts, please see http://www.seattle.gov/parks/tennis.asp.

Parks will turn the lights back on when we return to Daylight Savings Time in March 2015.

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Parks summer tennis league caters to youth beginners

Other sports programs don’t make kids play on adult fields with adult equipment and now neither does tennis. Seattle Parks and Recreation continues its play-based tennis league for youth with little or no experience playing tennis on June 23rd at 15 community centers across the city.

This summer’s “QuickStart” league will consist of two age brackets: 7-8 year-olds playing on a 36-foot court (a standard court is 78 feet long) and 9-10 year-olds playing on a 60-foot court. All equipment and supplies will be provided. The league fee is $35 per player for the eight-week program. This year’s 2014 QuickStart Tennis League is proudly sponsored by BECU.

Practices/matches are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., depending on age. QuickStart Tennis starts June 23 and concludes on Aug. 13 with a jamboree fun play day at the new Tennis Center Sandpoint. Sign up at one of your neighborhood community centers or online using your SPARC account. Parent participation is highly encouraged, as this is a family game! For more information, please contact Jeannie Shek, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-4764 or jeannie.shek@seattle.gov.

“QuickStart tennis” is a concept that was developed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as an introductory program designed to get youth playing tennis quickly. Check out their website www.10andundertennis.com to learn more about the concept. In five years the program has introduced more than 600 kids to the game of tennis in a fun learning environment with the help of more than 80 volunteers.

One final note: Volunteer coaches and parent managers are needed! This helps keep league fees low. Volunteers can be tennis enthusiast, parents, fans or anyone that loves helping kids succeed. No tennis or teaching experience is required – just a passion for working with kids! There will be two FREE QuickStart volunteer on-court trainings on Saturday, June 7, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Tennis Center Sandpoint and Monday, June 16, from 6:30-9:30.p.m. at the Amy Yee Tennis Center.