Are you hooked on pickleball yet? The Yakima Tennis Club is a great option, although somewhat limited time availability, they are a tennis club first, by charter, so we are happy to get what court time we can.
Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30- 3:00, Friday from 5:30 until beer time and Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8am – noon. For $40/month you should be able to make this a good deal. You can play for $12/day is you can only play occasionally! Membership is a 3-month commitment.
There may be an option for Monday and Wednesday mornings from 6am – 8am. Let me know if that would help you to join up. There is a shower available if you want to play before work.
What a joy it is to see so many people out playing. Your directors have worked hard and are continuing with many duties behind the scenes, developing by-laws, planning events and a tournament for next year etc. Facilities are pretty well done for now. We are working on plans for building shade structures at Franklin but that is for next year. We have the storage box onsite now with balls, demo paddles, a leaf blower, hoses and a water broom that are owned by all of us. We are looking for people to serve as Officers of the Day (OD) who will have access to the box and take responsibility to make sure it gets locked up again. Ask Bob, Kelle, Sheon or Joe and we’ll show you what you need to do and you’ll be helping out the club, it’s a pretty easy job.
We’re making a splash and growing the sport here in Yakima. We’ve been covered by KAPP-TV and KIMA-TV will run tonight (July 31) and tomorrow in a two-part report. A Yakima-Herald article is coming soon too. And with Tyson McGuffin being on The Today Show this week it has been awesome for promoting pickleball. Thanks to all members of the Yakima Pickleball Club, we would not be here without a robust club that not only plays hard but works hard too. We are up to 70 members!
We just completed our first week and are very pleased with the turn out. We have 58 club members now and had 33 others join in play as guests. We would like to see the evening sessions grow and that means getting the word out. Ask someone to come play!
Next Monday at 6pm we will have a beginners clinic for first time players. We will have volunteers who will lead you in technique and rules. Just bring your shows and water. We’ll have paddles and balls and a desire to see you have fun. (Note: this was scheduled for Monday morning but we needed to move it to the evening)
We had a great group of volunteers on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Without your help we would not be where we are. The four west courts are now ready to lines and fences and the east courts and center walkway are ready for final paint. Lines, fences, nets and then we play.
Every day this week we have been blessed with a great crew of volunteers and cool weather and this is resulting in some great progress. Today we completed setting all of the 16 net posts to go along with the 80 fence posts. Thursday we will top off the holes with concrete and finish the surface to be ready for paint.
We have sleeves for the net posts, all set into an 18″ diameter hole, 30″ deep. Each hole took 4 60lb bags of concrete to set the sleeve. It will take another 4 bags to top off the hole. That’s almost 500 lbs of concrete on each post!
Very soon we can look forward to having some great times, making new friends and playing to win in our own 1st class pickleball facility. But we need your help!
To be 1st class will take some cash. It’s the players responsibility, not the city or some other people. We need all players to step up, even a few bucks helps and shows the City of Yakima that we love pickleball.
Read about the Franklin Park projectfrom the menu above and please send a check TODAY. It’s crunch time folks. We’ve had some generous donations but it’s the small gifts in large numbers that we really need now.
We plan to have organized play time by the Yakima Pickleball Club several times each week. A mid-week morning time for us retired folks and some after work sessions for our younger enthusiasts.