Following an 18-month pilot program, Parks Department staff recommends permanently designating courts at Judkins and Cal Anderson Parks for “alternative uses” like bike polo, Capitol Hill Seattle reports. If approved, the city would more or less officially designate the Judkins Park tennis courts as bike polo courts. It would also open the door for other court uses, like roller hockey.
Bike Polo players have already staked a claim to the Judkins Park courts by building boards in the middle of the court. The Parks Board of Commissioners — a volunteer citizen advisory committee — will discuss the recommendation at their May 10 meeting. After that, the Parks Superintendent will have the final say.
In the 18 months since the pilot program began the city only received four calls in opposition to the alternative uses, including a couple people upset about non-tennis uses at Judkins. However, due to the presence of several better tennis courts nearby — including some just down the trail in Sam Smith Park — Parks staff is not too concerned for tennis users.
The decision comes months after 206 Bike Polo hosted the 2011 World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships, which brought players from all over the world to compete in a tournament in Magnuson Park. In the end, a team from Vancouver, BC, took the title.
Here’s the Parks memo:
Details about the Parks Board meeting, from Seattle Parks:
Seattle Park Board to hold special meeting to consider alternative uses of tennis courts pilot projectThe Seattle Board of Park Commissioners will hold a special meeting a 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 to consider the Alternate Use of Tennis Courts Pilot Project.
The meeting will take place in the Park Board room at the Parks Administration Building at 100 Dexter Ave. N (at the corner of Dexter and Denny).
The meeting agenda includes a staff update on the pilot followed by a public hearing and Board discussion and recommendation. Written testimony is welcome through Friday, May 4 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project background: At the October 28, 2010 Park Board Meeting, the Park Board approved an 18 month Dodgeball/Bike Polo pilot program to be held at Bobby Morris Tennis Court #1 and Judkins Tennis Court, ending April 30, 2012. Parks staff have reviewed the activity during the pilot, and the staff briefing paper will be available online at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/parkboard/default.asp on April 19.