Local Venues

Phase 2 Court Options and Guidelines

Most courts have special requirements that must be followed during Phase 2. Please be supportive of modified protocols during this limited time period.

If all goes well Phase 3 could happen by the end of June, which might allow for drop-in play of up to 50 people, and scheduled skill-level sessions.

It is worth following these restrictive safe practices to support one another, and get to the next phases.

Reference: USAPA: COVID-19 GUIDANCE ON SAFE RETURN TO PLAY; https://www.usapa.org/…/05/COVID-19-RETURN-TO-PLAY_USAPA.pdf


(Subject to change without notice)

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 mask or face shield.
  • 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.


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.)



BBAC is open by reservation only (for up to 4 people per court on 2 outdoor courts). $3 per person per session. Masks are recommended at all times when you can’t be six feet apart, and required whenever inside the BBAC building. For important details & rules, go to: share.getcloudapp.com/8Lu7QAEk


LYNDEN CITY PARK has a pickleball court with permanent net and has remained open.

BENDER FIELD in Lynden now has 4 dedicated pickleball courts.


SEMIAHMOO Resort & Spa plans a June 15th re-opening on outdoor tennis court with pball lines.  They will operate at 30% capacity. Bring own net.  For members only.


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

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 at all if you feel sick at all, or have been around people who are sick. 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.

NEW BPC-Hosted Sessions:

February 29th – April 3rd @ School Gyms

For liability reasons, you must be or become a BPC member to participate at school gyms. (https://bellinghampickleball.org/membership/)

Saturdays 1pm-4pm @ Meridian High School Gym

Courts: 4 indoor badminton courts, with 2 limited additional courts
Cost: $6-20 (sliding scale).
Limit of 20 people per session

NEW: “Top Pickle” Ladder
Start with drills, & then play “Top Pickle”, where players move up a court & split when they win a game, while players move down a court & split when they lose a game.

Feb. 29th: Levels 2.5-3.0;
March 7th: Levels 3.0-3.5
March 21st: Levels 3.5-4.0
March 28th: Levels 2.0-2.5

For an invitation, contact Carsten @ ckroon@gmail.com or 360-746-1298, and include: Name, contact info, AND date of session(s). You’ll want to download the SPOND app to get an invitation.

Friday Nights @ Sehome High Gym; 6-9pm

Courts: 3 badminton courts in auxiliary gym;
Cost $3-8 (you choose)
Limit of 15 people

To request a session invitation, include name, contact info, AND session date. You’ll want to download the SPOND app to get an invitation.

We need folks to volunteer as hosts to ensure these sessions happen. To volunteer or inquire, contact bellinghampickle@gmail.com

March 6th:
Beginner to low novice; (Levels 1.0-2.0); Coached drills, and open play.
Hosted by Goebels. Contact bagoebel@gmail.com

CANCELLED by School District March 13th:
Level 2.0 – 2.5; Coached Drills, rotating drill games, plus play; Led by Dotti Berry.
Contact Carsten @ ckroon@gmail.com or 360-746-1298.

March 20th:
Levels 2.5-3.0; Drills, and then play.
Contact salishsue@gmail.com or 360-671-7109.

March 27th:
Levels 3.0-3.5; Drills and then play.
Contact ckroon@gmail.com or 360-746-1298.

April 3rd:
Level 3.5 & above; Drills, and then play.
Contact ckroon@gmail.com or 360-746-1298

Cornwall Park, Bellingham

Courts: Outdoors. Six pickleball courts. 2 multi-striped tennis courts for 8-10 pickleball courts total. (10 if using portable nets.) The tennis courts are striped for 4 pickleball courts with portable nets, or 2 courts using the tennis nets. Please use dedicated pickleball courts when available. If using the tennis courts, please offer priority to tennis players when present. There are no lights or cover. (No set schedule November-March.)
Cost: Free
More Info:

For inquiries, contact bellinghampickle@gmail.com.

Fairhaven Park, Bellingham

Courts: 2 Outdoor tennis courts. Both striped for pickleball using the tennis net. One tennis court also striped for two pickleball courts using portable nets. (No set schedule)
Cost: Free
More Info:

For inquiries, contact bellinghampickle@gmail.com.

YMCA, Bellingham

The downtown Bellingham YMCA has two indoor courts during scheduled drop-in pickleball as well as indoor league play and teaching clinics.

Courts: Two indoor courts
Cost: Membership or daily use fee

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.

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 a BPC member due to liability requirements.
More Info:


2.0 – 3.0 Thursday @ 6pm; East gym with Hosts Susan and Rick
NOTE: Session invitations are currently closed due to high demand.
Contact: Susan & Rick @ salishsue@gmail.com of 360-671-7109
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 halfway 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 for an invitation
The sessions will start with drills, and progress to a Shoot-out Ladder format, followed by open play.

If you have general questions, contact bellinghampickle@gmail.com.

Skagit YMCA, Mt. Vernon

Courts: Four indoor courts
Cost: Membership or daily use fee

Birch Bay Activity Center, Blaine

BBAC (Part of Birch Bay and Blaine Parks and Rec) has regularly scheduled indoor pickleball times for drop in play by level during daytime and evening sessions.

Courts: Two indoor courts, three outdoor courts
Cost: Small drop in fee

Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine

The fitness center at the Semihamoo Resort, Blaine has four indoor pickleball courts for scheduled drop in pickleball, as well as two outdoor tennis courts.

Courts: Four indoor courts and two outdoor courts
Cost: Membership or drop in fee
More Info:

Front Desk: 360-318-2009; Email: Brenda @ hbgelwicks@mail.com / Suzanne @ smelby@semiahmoo.com

Bender Field, Lynden

Courts: 4 dedicated pickleball courts.
Cost: Free

Lynden City Park, Lynden

Courts: One dedicated pickleball court.
Cost: Free

Hillcrest Park, Mt Vernon

Courts: Six dedicated courts.
Cost: Free

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
Cost: Membership or daily guest fee accompanying a BAC member.

Have we missed a place to play? Contact us if you think there is more information that should be added to the list above.