Local Parks grants help protect these symbols of vibrant communities, providing places for families to gather and play and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in an era when people spend increasing amounts of their time inside. The WWRP is the largest source of local parks funding in Washington, helping communities fund the acquisition, development, and renovation of vital recreation areas and green spaces.
Pickleball has taken hold of the citizens of South Whidbey and is growing exponentially in participation. Two years ago, District staff were approached by a small group requesting to paint two pickleball courts in a parking lot at our Sports Complex. Since then, with Intro to pickleball classes on the island and Pickleball included in the School District Physical Education program, the District has been approached twice more to add more courts in the parking lot. There are now 4 pickleball courts painted in the parking lot at the Sports Complex and while it is good that we have them, the situation is far from ideal. With all the other usage in the Sports Complex, parking was already at a premium, and the additional usage being generated by pickleball increases that pressure. This project seeks to provide a permanent option for our pickleball participants within the same park and free up the parking area now being used as pickleball courts. Grant funds would be used to design and build 6 pickleball courts (3 to ADA standards) with a paved walkway and storage building for court maintenance equipment.