2021-2022 Outdoor Pickleball Study

Updated: September 15, 2022

Thank you for your participation

We appreciate the participation of everybody who served on the advisory committee, attended online open houses, participated in the survey, and reached out to the project team. Your input has been invaluable for informing the department’s direction for developing new opportunities to play pickleball in the park system. This phase of planning work has concluded and the Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) team is preparing for the next steps. Presentations and final deliverables of the study can be found below. You can also download the summary report here.

Next steps will include more local engagement and detailed evaluation of dedicated site candidates, implementation of dual striping at recommended sites as part of our court resurfacing program, and evaluation of locations where we are testing new court/line color combinations. We will continue to use the existing email list to communicate during that work, so if you like to be informed, please click on the “Subscribe Now” button under “Latest News” on this page. We will also be moving forward with using funding provided in 2022 specifically for the addition of pickleball lines and nets at Rainier Beach Playfield, Gilman Playground, and Alki Playground and to purchase nets for locations across the city.

Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners Presentation

We briefed the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners on August 11, 2022. You can find a copy of the presentation here. You can also see a video of the full meeting on the Seattle Channel here.

Open House and Survey Feedback

Thank you tennis and pickleball players, and others, for your valuable input while attending online open houses and participating in surveys. Documents, videos and survey results are available below.

The project team is using the input from the survey and the project advisory committee to guide revisions to our dual-striping practices, evaluating standards for dual-striping, and drafting a list of potential sites for dedicated pickleball.

People playing pickleball, example image of dual-striped tennis-pickleball courts

Project Description

The purpose of this study is to build upon the recommendations of the 2019 Pickleball Pilot Study and guide the development, selection and operation of outdoor pickleball and dual-striped tennis-pickleball courts in Seattle parks. Specifically, it will examine layout options to establish a standard for dual-striped courts, investigate possible locations for dedicated pickleball courts, and engage users to gather feedback on design and use issues. The findings and recommendations developed within the study will be presented to the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners at the study's conclusion.

Schedule

This project will begin in November 2021 and is scheduled to be finalized in August 2022.

Budget

$50,000 from the Seattle Park District has been provided for this study.  

Community Participation

This project has included two online public meetings, in March and May (see below), and convened an advisory committee made up of pickleball and tennis players that meet regularly throughout the course of the study and will be presenting final recommendations to the Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners at either their July or August meeting.

View a quantitative summary of responses in the March 2022 Pickleball Survey Results document and a summary of the open-ended responses in the March 8th Qualitative Analysis of Survey Feedback memo.

Online Open House 3/30/2022

Online Open House 5/25/2022

If you didn’t have a chance to attend, that’s okay, video of the main session, presentation materials, and meeting notes are here under the maps of the proposals for each of the breakout rooms:
Area Key (Citywide)
Central
Northeast
Northwest
Southeast
Southwest