Local Connections

Phase 2 Court Options and Guidelines

Please wear a mask when you are waiting at a pickleball court and when a doubles partner requests it. Everyone is expected to wear masks when not maintaining 6 feet distance.

NOTE:
Most courts have special requirements that must be followed.  Please be supportive by adhering to these modified protocols during this time period.  Thank you.

NOTE: If you’d like to join a list of players sharing contact information to make pickleball connections, visit https://bellinghampickleball.org/membership/ to renew or join BPC and you can opt-in to the directory.

LOCAL COURT OPTIONS AND GUIDELINES

(Subject to change without notice.)

INDOOR VENUES AS OF MID-FEBRUARY:

Please check specific venue details, mask requirements, and updates!

Birch Bay Activity Center; Court reservations available by phone for up to 6 players per court; There are two courts. 360-656-6416. $3 pp. Players from mixed households are OK, but play within a pickleball bubble is encouraged. (Three outdoor courts also available by reservation.)

Bellingham Athletic Club; Members can reserve a spot in the gym for pickleball. (360) 676-1800  memberservices@bellinghamathleticclub.com

Bellingham YMCA; One court available by a 60-minute reservation for up to 4 people, Mon-Sat.  No charge for Y members, and non-members can purchase a day pass.  https://www.whatcomymca.org/pickleball-basketball-reservations ; 360-733-8630
You can use this form if you want to be matched with a pickleball partner for play at the YMCA.

Semiahmoo Resort; Spa club members and hotel guests can reserve an indoor court up to two weeks in advance.  Each spa member can reserve one court for up to 6 players for a two-hour period.  There are four indoor courts.

BELLINGHAM PARK COURT GUIDELINES

All guidelines were set in collaboration between BPC & Bellingham Parks and Rec Dep’t.

*NOTE ALL:

  • Plan to meet up to gather and play in a small group of 2-5 people.
  • There is no large drop-in, congregating, or group play allowed at courts.
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance with non-household members and/or wear a mask. 
    Mask wearing is encouraged.
  • Once others are waiting for a court, play is limited to 1-hour max.
    Please be considerate.
    When waiting for a Cornwall dedicated court, use the “Next-Up Paddle Queue”.
  • Minimize passage through occupied courts.
    Check that it is ok to pass AND keep distance from others.
  • Singles (including “skinny singles”) and doubles have equal court priority.
    Skinny Singles: https://youtu.be/NFMLlzQt2TY
    Regular Singles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1ZL9tdP87k
  • Players may bring a net to set up on “multi-use” courts.
  • 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 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.
Open for play with above guidelines.
NOTE: A limited number of nets are available for borrowing by BPC members for several weeks at a time.

CORNWALL DEDICATED PICKLEBALL COURTS: 6 dedicated pball courts are open for play, with above guidelines.

COVERED PLAYSHEDS

A number of outdoor covered school “playsheds” are available for use during after-school hours. 
These Playsheds have been measured and marked by BPC volunteers for one or more courts. 
You will need a portable net, and sometimes chalk is helpful as well.

 

PARKS OUTSIDE OF BELLINGHAM

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.

Note: 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.

Bellingham WA Pickleball Facebook Group
A group created to help connect pickleball players of all levels in the Bellingham area.

Bellingham Pickleball Club Facebook Page
This BPC Facebook page’s purpose is to post TO the “Bellingham WA Pickleball” group, (and to the BPC website).
If you “follow” the BPC Facebook page, you will receive the BPC updates when posted.

The BPC Facebook page is meant to supplement the Bellingham WA Pickleball Facebook group, not to duplicate it or compete with it.

Fairhaven Middle School Gym, Bellingham

There are two halves of the gym, each with three lined badminton courts (which means we only need to tape the kitchen lines).  Because volunteer BPC hosts have stepped up, we have been able to reserve ½ gym or the entire gym for various available evenings. These are for designated levels in correlation to the choice of the hosts who are volunteering.

Courts: 3-6 indoor badminton courts

Cost: Likely $3-8 (sliding scale).
Must be or become a BPC member due to liability requirements.

SESSION CHOICES ARE:

2.0 – 3.0 Tuesday @ 6pm; East gym with Hosts Susan and Rick
NOTE: Session invitations are currently closed due to high demand.
Contact: Darcy @ riggins_schmidt@me.com or 360-224-4049
Join us for fun as we continue to learn to control shots and develop game strategy. We’ll learn skill-sharpening drills and exercises prior to lots of time for playing games. At some sessions we’ll also incorporate 4D drill-skill assessments as time & helpers permit. (Deep Serve, Deep Return, Dropshots, & Dinks).

3.25 – 3.5 @ Thursday @ 6pm; West gym with Kim Hei
NOTE: Session invitations are currently closed due to high demand.
Contact: Kim @ klphei101@hotmail.com or 651-900-4543
Our objective is to have fun with particular focus on ball control and improving skills .After starting with skills then games, we may break half way through for a few skill-reinforcing rounds such as dink-only or 3rd shot drop games.

3.75 – 4.5 Tuesday @ 6pm; West gym with Carsten Kroon
Contact Carsten @ ckroon@gmail.com or 360-746-1298
The sessions will start with drills, and progress to a Shoot-out Ladder format, followed by open play.

If you have general questions, you can contact Barbara @ bagoebel@gmail.com.

Bellingham Covenant Church, Bellingham

1530 E. Bakerview, Bellingham 98226

Courts: 2 taped courts in church gym space. Limit is 12 players each session.
Cost: By donation.

More Info:

Beginners – low novice (under 2.5): Thursdays 2:30-4pm; Mondays 7:30-9pm.

2.0 through 2.5 (lower novice & upper novice) with an emphasis on drills for those who want coaching: Tuesdays 2:30-4pm

Sessions start with drills, and progress to game play.
Hosts: Ed G., & Dirk V., with support from Marv B., and Paula T.
Contact: bagoebel@gmail.com  for a “Spond” invitation.

Sehome High School Gym, Bellingham

Courts: Auxiliary gym 3 lined badminton courts, so that only minimal court taping is needed each session. Limit is 16 players each week.
Cost: $3-8 (sliding scale). Must be a BPC member due to liability requirements.
More Info:

3.0 – 3.5; Tuesday 6pm-9pm.
The sessions will start with drills, and progress to game play.
Hosts are Erica & Amy.
Contact ericakulm1@gmail.com for a “Spond” invitation.

NOTE: Session invitations may already be closed due to high demand.