DUPP update 9/14/21

It’s starting to cool off and the courts have been busy. We have successfully stretched the access to our Walnut Park courts. The courts have been and are still being used, very often to capacity. 

 

Credit to:

  • chalk lines holding up 

  • use of our DUPP portable net 

  • generous pickleball players who have shared their own portable nets 

  • everyone’s mindfulness, consideration and respect for other players’ court rights

 

The new courts at Redwood Park are resurfaced (see pictures), courts at Covell and Slide Hill parks are making progress. There’s no firm date for completion, but a guess is late October given the progress to date. More to come as we get updates from the City. 

 

Renovations to Walnut Park courts are in the City plan, but awaiting budget approval. Best guess is that this project is at least a year away. As we get closer to that budget approval we’ll lobby the City for more courts, again.

 

Our roster has 181 people on it now, an increase of 80% during the past 18 months. Our “WhatsApp” chat group for scheduling and quick communication is now over 100 people. 

 

We’re growing as a community and having fun at the same time. Pat yourselves on the back! 

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laying the asphalt 9/11

asphalt curing 9/14

Long awaited update for the Davis Pickleball community.

 

As we come out of the pandemic it is clear that the pickleball community has grown over the past year. This has put stress on our court capacity, especially during peak times. There are several things happening to address this situation:

Walnut Court 5: 

  • We have negotiated with the City to make Walnut Court 5 a fair use, shared space for pickleball/tennis. 

  • The city has okayed the 

    • use of chalk lines to enable two pickleball courts for use with portable nets. 

    • Installation of a storage locker for these nets. 

    • (Please stay tuned for Installation date and net use process)

  • Use of Court 5 is “first come, first served” for both pickleball and tennis users. 

  • While this is a temporary agreement (until new courts are built, see #2 below), we hope that it will be extended.

  • Please treat all users with respect, remembering always that this is a shared public court.

 

Redwood Park :

  • The City has received bids to construct 4 new dedicated pickleball courts at Redwood Park (next to Chavez Elementary School on Anderson Boulevard). Groundbreaking is scheduled for this summer. There is street parking available during school hours, and a convenient lot available during other times.

Covell Park and Silde Hill: 

  • Covell Park and Silde Hill park courts will be resurfaced this summer and lined for dual tennis and pickleball use (as they are lined today).

 

Other Items of Note:

During the pandemic, Pickleball court users, in an attempt to adhere to City Use guidelines,  resorted to playing in pre-arranged groups, sometimes referred to as “private games.” This use practice and the growing interest in the sport has resulted in heavy use of the Walnut pickleball courts.  

The official posted City policy is to limit continuous court use to 1 hour when all courts are in use. 

In an attempt provide fair court use access to as many players as possible, limits on court use time during “peak use”(all courts in use) is being adopted. 

 

Please refer to the following “Davis Pickleball Community Court Etiquette”:

New signage is posted as follows:

    

Davis Pickleball Community Court Etiquette 

Play time limit of court use: 

  • Continuous play on a court is limited to 1 hour if the courts are full. 

  • After 1 hour “Pre arranged groups” may rotate in 

    • on a game-by-game basis 

    • as individuals or a group.

  • Respect everyone’s right to play

 

Growing Davis United Pickleball Players Community

Our community has grown significantly over the past year.

Help grow the sport in Davis by encouraging all Davis pickleball players to register with Davis United Pickleball Players, and be coming part of our roster.

Growing our registered pickleball player roster, is the best way to show the City the size of the pickleball community and the need to support our active citizens with more facilities.

 

You may choose to be a vocal or silent member of the group, but as we come out of the pandemic we need to hit the “restart button” on our group’s organization with the selection of a formal Board of Directors and and yes, fundraising for future facilities and other needs. More to come on this shortly.

 

 

Come out and join us, learning, playing, socializing, staying healthy.

DUPP update 5/8/21

Davis United Pickleball Players

March 8, 2021

note to city and response (below)

Begin forwarded message:

From: Davis United Pickleball Players <davisunitedpickleballplayers@gmail.com>

Subject: Pickleball court renovations

Date: March 8, 2021 at 12:14:07 PM PST

To: Dale Sumersille <dsumersille@cityofdavis.org>, citycouncilmembers@cityofdavis.org, Michael Webb <cmoweb@cityofdavis.org>, rpc@cityofdavis.org

Cc: chrispeterr@me.com

 

Greetings and best wishes for health during these difficult times,

 

Eighteen months ago the City Council voted to restore the existing pickleball courts and add 4 new courts. No doubt the pandemic has impacted the construction schedule, but it has also increased demand for this sport.

 

In September 2019 we stressed the rapid growth and popularity of the sport. Today we still don’t have more courts and the demand has skyrocketed. The Walnut Park courts have waiting lists nearly every evening, weekend morning and even some weekday mornings. As an example - on March 4, 2021, between 4:30-6:30 PM we had 30 people desiring to play pickleball on just four courts (which support a maximum of 16 people at one time, providing everyone is playing doubles). As we emerge from the pandemic the lack of courts for Davis pickleball players will become even more frustrating.

 

Wet courts due to untrimmed trees on the south side of Walnut have further limited court availability. Given the limited number of courts, players use these despite the dampness and slickness of the shaded courts - luckily this has resulted only minor injuries to date.

 

The City’s 2019 decision to add 4 courts to Redwood Park had two drawbacks:

  • First, in an effort to maintain space around the tennis court sufficient to meet tennis regulations, we understand it added appropriately $100,000 to the project cost. This cost is greater than the benefit of the USTA grants the City expects to receive. Does this make fiscal sense?

  • Second, these courts will not have adequate lighting for evenings, so they won’t address the pressing need during the busiest time of every day for pickleball.

It’s understood that there has been significant effort put into the planning process to date. With apologies, we suggest that it is time to revisit the decisions made 18 months ago which are the basis for those plans. 

 

The court construction and renovation has been delayed and pickleball players’ needs have exploded. The City should reconsider a flawed compromise plan which no longer serves the community’s needs. Further, there needs to be transparency with the community as to the specifics and sequencing of renovations before bids are requested and a bid is sent to Council for approval.

 

Pickleball draws Davis citizens from all ages. We get families playing together. We get groups of high school and college students. We get a growing group from the Davis Women’s Farm Circle who now keep two courts full several mornings each week. We get current and former tennis players as well as people who have never played a court sport.  All are active citizens striving for a healthy lifestyle while maintaining current social distancing and health protocols. 

 

As always, we invite you to come to the courts and see what’s going on firsthand. Thank you for your consideration - we look forward to continued dialogue. 

 

Davis United Pickelball Players

 

Sunday 3-7-21 11:40 AM

All PB courts full. 20 players present including 4 waiting. No tennis courts in use.

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From: Christine Helweg <CHelweg@cityofdavis.org>

Subject: CIP 8315 - Court Resurfacing Project

Date: March 9, 2021 at 11:14:04 AM PST

To: "'davisunitedpickleballplayers@gmail.com'" <davisunitedpickleballplayers@gmail.com>, "'chrispeterr@me.com'" <chrispeterr@me.com>

Cc: City Council Members <CityCouncilMembers@cityofdavis.org>, "Recreation and Park Commission" <RPC@cityofdavis.org>, Mike Webb <MWebb@cityofdavis.org>, Dale Sumersille <DSumersille@cityofdavis.org>, "Barbara Archer" <BArcher@cityofdavis.org>

 

Good morning Davis Pickleball Players -

 

I wanted to provide you with some additional information regarding the Court Resurfacing project for Chestnut, Covell, Redwood, and Slide Hill tennis courts.  The Project Consultant has submitted 100% design plans to the City for final review and approval. City staff has approved the revised design plans, and has been working on the contract book in preparation for the project to go out to public bid.  The project is set to be released for bid by the end of this week, with construction anticipated to begin in early spring.  Phase II of the project is anticipated to be completed in FY2022-23 if funding remains available.

 

City staff is pleased to hear that the number of Pickleball players has increased and that the program remains strong and thriving through this past year.  Although the court resurfacing project will not meet all the needs of your organization, it still will have a positive impact for the community by increasing the number of Pickleball courts available for play at any given time.  The City is committed to working with its local sports organizations to improve upon playing conditions at City facilities and to prioritize the many competing demands with its limited resources.   

 

The Walnut Park court lighting is currently being repaired by the City’s Public Works Department.  Several parts had to be ordered for the lights, and the work is anticipated to be completed this coming Thursday.  Two of the existing tennis courts will have the nets removed in order to get the equipment into the complex and repair the lights.

 

A work request has also been submitted for the trimming of the trees on the south end of the courts, but as you can imagine, the work crews have been very busy with clean up from the recent storm and wind debris.  As this clean-up is completed, work crews will be able to resume regular tree trimming and address the overhang over the courts. 

 

I hope that this information is helpful for you to relay to your participants, and please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or concerns. 

 

 

 

Christine Helweg, CPRP

Status Update 2/21/19

 

All - I’m sending this out to this limited group who attended our kick-off meeting or provided input due to conflicting schedules. If we feel it’s warranted, we can post to the website…please provide feedback.

 

We set some action items and priorities at our last meeting. Here’s an update on the actions:

 

  1. Look at other clubs’ rules, structure, etc. (Priority: A)

    1. Collate research from various people (Duncan, Georgene, Nancy, Sandie, Scott, Tom) -

UPDATE: work in process. We probably need a leader on this action item.

  1. By 3/1: Scott and Georgene meet with Davis Tennis Club (DTC) President

    1. Dues

    2. Structure

    3. Organization

    4. Membership benefits

    5. Relationship with City

UPDATE: John Cook, Georgene and I met with Kelli O’Neill on 2/13. She gave us a good overview of the DTC program. We discussed synergies with DTC as well as some of the negative attitudes. 

We discussed DTC court preferences with respect to upcoming court renovations.

Kelli is open to making some changes with some limitations. DTC understands that pickleball needs more courts. DTC really wants Covell, Pioneer and Manor courts for tennis. She said that the upcoming City Council meeting is for budget approval, but not a court deployment plan per se. That will be up to the Parks & Rec staff and commission (this was confirmed by Dale @ Parks & Rec). However, she cautioned that the plan is well underway, so we need to move quickly if we want to recommend changes.

We discussed potential synergies between our communities. We said we were going to launch a survey - she agreed that this is a powerful tool in influencing the City. We said we would share the survey results with Kelli.

Kelli sent us copies of their by-laws following the meeting.

  1. John Cook: 501(c)3 paperwork (Priority: B)

UPDATE: John has done a preliminary review of the process, which requires approval by the State of California and the IRS. It will take at least 4 months at a potential cost of about $800.

  1. Derin and Scott: City of Davis reconnaissance/strategy (Priority: A)

UPDATE: Scott and John made short presentations to the Parks & Rec Commission on 2/20 describing the survey, stressing the need for more courts, and discussing Adult Education/Recreation programs we can cooperate with the City on in the future.

Dale confirmed the budget and planning process, and said infrastructure improvements will span over 2 years. The priority cue is TBD. She said the Mayor liked the idea of Slide Hill, but she was open to discussion.

Meeting with Dale scheduled for 2/28 to further these discussions.

  1. Liane and Sandie: Explore daily play communication options (Priority: B)

UPDATE: What’sApp was launched and has had good adoption. Instructions have been posted to the new website: https://www.davispickleball.rocks/coming-together)

  1. Dave and Jared: Explore local indoor facilities options (Priority: B)

UPDATE: Jared reports that the Morman Church gym is too small.

  1. Explore membership fee possibilities (one-time, annual, lifetime, etc.) (Priority: B)

  2. Explore working with local schools as volunteers to further the sport (Priority: C)    

UPDATE: John Cook has contacted Davis Adult Education to see if they can set up (a) a beginning pickleball class (b) indoor open play for $$

Notes from meeting with Davis Parks & Recreation

Date: February 26, 2019

Attendees: Dale Sumersille, Scott Adler, Liane Torricer-Adler, John Cook

 

Things discussed

  1. A description of the new initiative by Davis pickleball players to form a participatory and representative group.

  2. The group’s concerns

    1. That knowledge of it’s image and the needs of the Davis diverse pickleball community was not accurate

    2. The information that was available had not been assembled in a systematic way,

    3. Reviewed the survey information with Dale

      1. This information included:

        1. 43 responses to date

        2. Where do people live

          1. 81.4% of the respondents live in Davis.

          2. 11.6% Woodland.

          3. 7% other locations.

        3. Weekends and nights are peak periods for court congestion.

          1. 81% play on weekend

          2. 70% play on weekdays

          3. 40% at night

        4. The average is 2.6 sessions per week,

          1. with a high of 6 sessions and a low of 0.

        5. Walnut is the most popular location: 67%

          1. Covell: 38%

          2. Woodland Senior Center: 33%

        6. New court location preference:

          1. Redwood Park: 53%

          2. Slide Hill: 24%

          3. No preference: 19%

        7. Pickleball Group membership:

          1. 79% would join

          2. 65% would be willing to pay membership

          3. 19% would not join

        8. Pickleball Group membership:

          1. 79% would join

          2. 65% would be willing to pay membership

          3. 19% would not join

        9. Tennis questions:

          1. 74% have played tennis,

          2. 9% are current tennis players

  3. Outreach had been made to the Davis Tennis Club (DTC)

    1. Result was a positive dialog about the complementary goals and interests of both sports.

    2. Further, DTC agrees that pickleball needs more courts and is willing to work with us on compromise solutions.

    3. US Tennis Association’s (USTA) recent acknowledgement of pickleball supports our view that pickleball is a natural evolution of players who can no longer play tennis due to physical strain, but want to remain active.

    4. Orange ball/youth-size tennis court (which is slightly longer and narrower than a pickleball court without a kitchen line) is something USTA is pushing to encourage the introduction to more young tennis players.

  4. Dale’s understanding of the current state of pickleball in Davis.

    1. Her comments:

      1. There is a competitive group at Walnut (she described as “Katie’s group”) and another group at Covell.

    2. Our response:

      1. The group represents the general community of pickleball players across the current locations

      2. There are all levels of players at Walnut

      3. There is growing day and night participation at Walnut. Peak periods are weekend mornings, Monday and Thursday nights (often more than 30 player on 4 courts)

    3. The culture of pickleball is different from tennis - it’s not accurate to think of us as “tennis lite.”

      1. Faster games

      2. Rotating partners

      3. More social

        1. Frequent out-of-town drop-ins fostered by welcoming culture everywhere pickleball is played.

        2. Brings in commerce with players gathering for meals in town after games.

  5. The benefits of forming a non-profit for the group

    1. Enables execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the City.

      1. Allow the group to decide and post (with City’s approval)

        1. Restriction of court use during designated times (without special arrangements)

          1. Open play hours

          2. League and other organized play times

        2. Rules could include

          1. Court etiquette

          2. Rotation

          3. Other items we deem important.

  6. We need more space

    1. Dale noted

      1. Slide Hill is the plan to meet our needs

    2. We noted

      1. The need for lights on new court space(as identified in survey), which Slide HIll does not currently provide.

      2. Slide Hill does not provide geographic diversity (i.e. no courts in Central or West Davis)

        1. Covell is the only court on the West side of town and it is in bad shape

      3. We are currently maxing out 2 nights each week and there is interest in expanding to additional nights. Due to work schedules, this is important recreation time for these people.   

      4. Adding lights to the Slide Hill park plan

        1. Dale will get an estimate for lights at Slide Hill.

        2. Dale noted

          1. There is no money in the budget for lights

          2. Would require fundraising on our part

          3. Potential neighborhood concerns: studies will need to be done

          4. Planning and other approvals could be needed​​​​​

  7. The suggestion of Redwood Park

    1. Dale noted

      1. Concerns about parking

      2. Update from Dale: DJUSD uses the courts during and after school hours

    2. We noted

      1. There are similar concerns about parking at Slide Hill, especially during the summer when the pool is open.

      2. Parking at Redwood is generally an issue only during the school drop-off and pick-up times (8:30 AM and 3:00 PM).

      3. There is a 5-8 car 90 minute parking area directly in front of the courts

      4. No parking restrictions across the street

      5. Approximately at least 10-15 car non-restricted parking on Linden Lane with a park entrance path.

      6. The school is only open 180 days a year.

      7. Our peak times are nights and weekends - this minimizes the parking issue.

    3. Dale noted

      1. Redwood has “backyard” lighting that is not adequate.

    4. We noted

      1. Upgrading existing lights might be easier and cheaper than installing lights from “scratch” at Slide Hill

      2. Light ordinance, and neighborhood studies have probably already been done (i.e. grandfathered) at Redwood since it is already an lighted, activity area..

  8. Indoor courts in Davis would be desirable since many people play at Woodland or other indoor courts (Vacaville, Folsom, Rocklin, Elk Grove…)

    1. We asked about the City Hall gym

    2. She advised us that the gym recently suffered a roof malfunction and is now in need of a new roof, which will unfortunately take funds from the recreation “repair/replace” budget

  9. Discussed Walnut Court 5

    1. Walnut courts will be re-built as part of Phase 2? (see below)

    2. This will include converting Court 5 to a “sport court”:

    3. Lines for Orange Ball Youth court on top of tennis lines (part of the DTC grant money)

    4. A backboard (possibly two) for practice

    5. We noted that a barrier would need to be placed next to court 5 so as to not interfere with pickleball - Dale agreed

  10. Offering beginner classes through the recreation department and adult education calendar.

    1. The group would provide instructors & equipment for short introduction to pickleball courses.

    2. There may be limitations to doing this: primarily insurance as we would be contractors providing the classes.


Things Dale shared

  1. The City Council is authorizing $1.25 million in funds across multiple phases.

    1. Phase 1 is “repair and replacement” of current court space

    2. Winter rains the gym have caused structural roof failure. It’s retrofit will now  be a part of this budget.

    3. The cost of one tennis court replacement is approx $120,000

    4. The cost of 4 Pickleball courts is approx $140,000

    5. Update from Dale: Davis Tennis Club and the City will submit an application for a $50,000 grant request from the USTA to promote youth tennis (this has not been done yet pending  the City Council approval for the Sport Court resurfacing court project phase 1).

    6. Because of this contribution, DTC has been a part of the planning of Phase 1

      1. Includes the resurfacing of courts in 8 locations

      2. 6 courts will be lined for both traditional and “junior tennis” (which is slightly longer and narrower than a pickleball court).

        1. One at Walnut

        2. One at Covell

    7. The schedule and order of court  “repair and replacement” work is not finalized.

    8. Construction expected to begin in late Fall 2019,

    9. The courts will not be ready for use before Spring 2020.

  2. City is hiring a consultant as part of the Sports Complex Task Force.

    1. This is an opportune time to add pickleball requirements to the plans.

      1. Dale has added the group to the list of Task Force interested parties

      2. Indoor youth basketball is a major driver for this Task Force.

      3. Dual lined pickleball and basketball courts were discussed

      4. Basketball and pickleball have complementary and non-conflicting use schedules during the school year.

 

Things Dale will get back to us on:

 

Slide Hill

  • Estimate for light installation

  • Requirements for neighborhood concerns studies,

planning and other approvals.

Offering beginner classes through the City

  • Requirements

 

Conclusion

  • We concluded the meeting by agreeing that this had been a positive productive dialog.

  • The group is in the process of organizing and we would be the near-term representatives of the group until further notice.

  • We emphasized that we are probably a little too small at this time to form a non-profit, but we have a “chicken and egg” problem. Without more courts it will be hard to expand our pickleball playing population.

  • Dale understands and said she looks forward to working with us.