LOWMAN BEACH: Racket-court meeting online tomorrow

(2012 Lowman Beach aerial photo – pre-Murray CSO Project – by Long Bach Nguyen

Reminder that tomorrow night is when you can find out about, and comment on, plans for a racket court at Lowman Beach Park. In case you missed the first announcement, this one’s from Parks:

While we cannot meet in person right now, your input is important to us! Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR), Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, and Seattle Sports Complex Foundation invite the community to participate in an online meeting on August 26, 2020 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm to learn about the challenges and opportunities of locating a new racket court at Lowman Beach Park. (Here’s the link – password lowmanbeach – or call 206-207-1700; for both, the access code is 146 008 1942.)

At Lowman Beach Park, 7017 Beach Dr. SW, the existing court will be removed as part of the Shoreline Restoration and Seawall Replacement project. A new racket court will provide recreation experience for all ages and will be ADA accessible. The community has come together to explore options to install a racket court because the existing one needs to be removed as part of the restoration project. Funding for the planning and design of the racket court is provided by the Department of Neighborhood Matching Fund.

The Lowman Beach Park seawall began to fail in 2015 and needs to be addressed. As visitors to the park have seen, the existing seawall is slowly falling over/sliding towards the water. SPR’s goal is to remove the existing seawall and continue the shoreline restoration work that began when the south half of the seawall failed in the mid-1990s and was removed.

10 Replies to "LOWMAN BEACH: Racket-court meeting online tomorrow"

  • on board August 25, 2020 (4:48 pm)

    How is it they had the funding to put in that huge combined sewer overflow across the street and not even bother to tap into it to put in a damn restroom? When parks don’t have restrooms, people figure out an alternative.

    • KBear August 25, 2020 (9:03 pm)

      Ironic, huh? A huge facility whose sole purpose is to direct waste water in the proper direction, built with no public restroom. Anti-social architecture at its finest. 

  • Interested Viewer August 25, 2020 (6:35 pm)

    I tried to call in via the link and the phone number listed above and it’s not working. .  .or starting late. Anyone else successful?

    • WSB August 25, 2020 (6:39 pm)

      You’re a day early.

      • Interested Viewer August 25, 2020 (6:45 pm)

        Of course…thanks! Easy to lose the days in blurday…

  • Tillmann August 25, 2020 (9:45 pm)

    Why not a basketball court? There are three tennis courts right up the street on Fauntleroy!

  • Jennifer McIntosh August 26, 2020 (11:12 am)

    Yay!!! So happy these courts are being saved! It is such a beautiful spot and I can’t wait to play tennis and pickleball there! 

    • Pickle ball August 26, 2020 (4:26 pm)

      Jen are they going to have pickle ball courts or at least have lines on the court for pickle ball ?

  • PatWS August 27, 2020 (5:59 pm)

    Tracy, I don’t get how the planning process seemed to suddenly include a racket court, when the planning session I went to and subsequent documents mentioned nothing about it. After your last article about it, I was surprised and went to the city’s website for the park to see how I missed plans for a court. The most recent documents posted there seem to be from 6/24/2020 (hard to read the date) and don’t include plans for a court. Yet the wording “Funding for the planning and design of the racket court is provided by the Department of Neighborhood Matching Fund” makes it seem like the court is a done deal. Are there plans posted somewhere that I haven’t been able to find?

    • WSB August 27, 2020 (6:36 pm)

      It’s not a done deal. No funding for full design/construction, for example.

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