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.
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://
LOCAL COURT OPTIONS AND GUIDELINES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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.
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.
Places near Bellingham where leagues are, or might be, offered.
The Bellingham Y offers Monday evening leagues for: Beginner, Intermediate, & Advanced players.
For more info, see https://www.whatcomymca.org/adult-sports-leagues , or call 360-733-8630