Capitol Hill Seattle reports that Dennis Cook, the Athletics Manager for Seattle Parks, has recommended banning bike polo, but not dodgeball, from Cal Anderson tennis courts:
The recommendations call for the creation of three tiers of classifications for sports courts in the city based on how many courts are at a location, the surface at the location and whether area high schools use the court for match play. The first tier courts such as Lower Woodland and Lincoln Park would not allow alternative uses while second tier courts including Cal Anderson and Green Lake will be open to alternative uses not including wheels or sticks. The hockey and the polo crowd will have to stick to tier three courts with concrete surfaces like Judkins or Dearborn Park.
While the recommendations represent a victory for dodgeball organizers, the Capitol Hill bike polo crowd will either have to continue their rebel play or move on. These organized matches also take place at TT Minor Elementary School just up Madison from Pike/Pine and the Green Lake park and ride. Players will also be gathering this weekend at Judkins Park for the Emerald City Open .
As we’ve written about before, hardcourt bike polo’s popularity has grown substantially in the past couple years, and the game calls Seattle home. Cal Anderson is certainly the game’s most iconic venue. During a game, the most common reaction from passers by is, “Woah! That’s so cool!”
The suggested ban comes from a memo to the Board of Parks Commissioners, a citizen advisory group that meets regularly to help guide the Department of Parks and Recreation. They will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at 100 Dexter Ave N to discuss their recommendation to the department. Public comment is still open for the rest of today, so email your thoughts to Sandy Brooks.
The memo, as posted by CHS:
Criteria for Alternate Use Tennis Courts FINAL 10-25-10