11/17/20 Update: In keeping with the Governor’s mandate for the next four weeks, people are expected to wear masks while participating in outdoor recreation activities. Therefore, they will be required at any BPC-sponsored sessions.
Most courts have special requirements that must be followed during Phase 2. Please be supportive by adhering to these modified protocols during this time period. Thank you.
Reference: USAPA: COVID-19 GUIDANCE ON SAFE RETURN TO PLAY; https://www.usapa.org/…/05/COVID-19-RETURN-TO-PLAY_USAPA.pdf
LOCAL PHASE 2 COURT OPTIONS AND GUIDELINES
(Subject to change without notice)
BELLINGHAM PARKS’ COURTS
All guidelines were set in collaboration between BPC & Bellingham Parks and Rec Dep’t.
- Play should be pre-arranged to meet up in a small group of 2-5 people.
5 people is the limit for recreating or gathering.
Please avoid mixing players between groups or playing in multiple groups during a visit to the courts.
- Singles (including “skinny singles”) and doubles have equal court priority.
Singles is a safer choice than doubles, unless partner is a household member.
Skinny Singles: https://youtu.be/NFMLlzQt2TY
Regular Singles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1ZL9tdP87k
- There is no drop-in, congregating, or larger group play allowed at courts.
- Maintain 6-foot distance with non-household members and/or wear a face covering.
- While others are waiting for a court, play is limited up to one hour.
Please be considerate.
- One waiting group at a time per court.
The group, or representative, waits outside that specific court.
- Stagger sessions from dawn to dusk to minimize wait times & congestion.
- Please assess your own health, safety, & risk factors, and take care of yourself.
- All relevant local and state guidelines apply.
BELLINGHAM PARK “MULTI-USE” COURTS
Fairhaven Park has lines for use with tennis nets, and/or for two portable nets.
Padden & Elizabeth Parks have tennis courts with painted lines to use tennis nets.
Birchwood Park on Cedarwood has a basketball court with lines for two portable nets.
Cornwall Park Tennis/ Pickleball “Multi-use” Courts::
There are two tennis courts which are striped for 4 pickleball courts with portable nets, or 2 courts using the tennis nets.
All same guidelines apply.
NOTE: A limited number of nets are available for borrowing by BPC members for several weeks at a time.
CORNWALL PARK: 4 dedicated pball courts are open for play, with above guidelines.
THE TWO MIDDLE COURTS ARE CLOSED so players don’t walk though occupied courts, or need deal with errant balls on courts. This way each court of players is completely in charge of their own safety.
Each court should be entered and exited separately, including 2 back courts by using back gate.
THE TENNIS/ PICKLEBALL “MULTI-USE” COURTS @ Cornwall are open. There are 2 tennis courts or up to 4 pball courts if you bring a portable net. (Same guidelines apply.)
BIRCH BAY ACTIVITY CENTER
BBAC (Part of Birch Bay and Blaine Parks & Rec) currently has indoor and outdoor pickleball court times available by reservation only.
Courts: Two indoor courts (with minimal space between); two outdoor courts
Note: Indoor and outdoor courts by 1.5 hour reservations at this time.
For designated indoor weekly pickleball sessions during business hours, you may reserve one court for up to 5 people, or two courts for up to 10 people (See BBAC calendar.)
Reservations during non-business hours are for the entire facility; maximum of 10 people.
Cost: $3 per person for court reservations during business hours; $25 for facility rental.
No charge for outdoor court reservations.
Contact and Info:
Call 360-656-6416 for reservations. For questions, call or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read all guidelines @ https://bbbparkandrec.org/
See calendar @ https://bbbparkandrec.org/
LYNDEN CITY PARK has a pickleball court with permanent net and has remained open.
BENDER FIELD in Lynden now has 4 dedicated pickleball courts.
HILLCREST PARK in Mt Vernon has three dedicated courts open (of six total). Players must come in groups of 2-5 and play with that group. There is no group or drop-in play. If players are waiting, play 2 games and rotate off courts. Use safe distancing with other groups.
BELLINGHAM ATHLETIC CLUB (Cordata), Bellingham
The BAC at Cordata has 1 indoor pickleball court for drop in play in their gym, as well as 3 outside courts.
Courts: 1 indoor court. 3 outdoor courts
Note: BAC is currently offering scheduled drop-in play. Subject to change!
Cost: Membership or daily guest fee accompanying a BAC member.
SEMIAHMOO RESORT, Blaine
The fitness center at the Semiahmoo currently has two of four indoor pickleball courts available by reservation only for members.
Courts: Two indoor courts; outdoor court for portable net, which players must bring.
Cost: Membership (which involves a hefty initiation fee).
More Info: https://www.bellinghamathleticclub.com/programs/pickleball
NOTE: If you’d like to join a list of players sharing contact information to make pickleball connections, visit https://bellinghampickleball.
If you make the personal choice to play pickleball during this time, we highly recommend that you use excellent hygiene measures & physical distancing to minimize the potential spread from person to person. And of course, cover sneezes & coughs with your arm, avoid physical contact, and don’t come if you feel sick at all, have recently tested positive, or have been around people who have been sick or tested positive. During this time it is safer to play in small closed groups with agreed upon hygiene practices than in an open group. If you are in a high-risk health category, we recommend that you not play in open groups.
BPC promotes the development of pickleball skills, facilities and community in the greater Bellingham area.
BPC Membership Supports:
- Expansion and improvement of local pickleball facilities.
- Welcoming environment for players of all levels.
- Vibrant pickleball community.
- Opportunities to connect with players of your level.
- Enhanced communication, including BPC website.
- Links to places to play, local classes and clinics, rules and organizations, and discounts.
- And much, much more…
Questions about the club, or anything else?