Indoor tennis and pickleball are coming to Vashon this November, offering islanders a new way to beat the winter blues.
Similar to the bubble that was installed last year to cover the King County pool in the winter, the Vashon Golf and Swim Club will cover its two tennis courts for six months about Nov. 15 with a state-of-the-art inflatable dome. The LED lit facility will permit play all day and evening in 75 minute time slots. Court reservations will be made via an app and will cost $20 for singles or doubles. Pickleball will be included and permit two groups to play on one of the two courts as space requirements are less than half what tennis requires.
The Vashon Tennis Club was formed as a separate entity to the Golf and Swim Club last summer, and was granted permission to raise funds, renovate the courts, find members and manage the operation year around. Once the operation collects enough fees to repay lenders and cover operational costs, the facility will fold into the established Golf and Swim Club in about five years.
A dozen or so island residents and businesses contributed funds and services to the new entity to pay for the dome and related construction. As a condition of some funding, the Vashon High School girls and boys tennis teams will be granted access during their seasons.
Last minute shipping and construction changes are the group’s final challenges, prompting the club to offer heavily discounted annual memberships in exchange for pre-paying dues before October 7. These contributors gain exclusive use of the courts in November and December, along with Founders Club members that contributed the funds to build the facility.
More information is available at https://www.facebook.com/VashonTennisClub/ or by contacting the club at firstname.lastname@example.org.