Mayor to Award Seattle Park District Funds to Amy Yee Tennis Center and Kubota Garden

Join us Thursday, Dec. 15 at 2:00 p.m.

On Thursday, December 15, Mayor Murray will award major projects at the Amy Yee Tennis Center and Kubota Garden.  The funding is from the Seattle Park District’s Major Projects Challenge Fund, an initiative which leverages Park District funding with community-raised matching funds. The Fund awards are based on a recommendation from the Park District Oversight Committee and confirmed by Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) Superintendent Jesús Aguirre.

Amy Yee Tennis Center Check Award Ceremony: At 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15 the Mayor will present a check for $1,273,000 to the Amy Yee Tennis Center Advisory Council. The tennis center project will build an enclosure over the six existing outdoor courts that will be heated, lighted, secure, and programmable for tennis year-round. Currently these outdoor courts are only used during the summer months. The project will expand the capacity of the tennis center and enable it to offer more programs to more people. The tennis center is located at 2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.

Kubota Garden Check Award Ceremony: At 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, the Mayor will present a check for $925,000 to the Kubota Garden Foundation. There are two phases to the Kubota Garden project. The first phase is the construction of the wall to the north of the Entry Gate and the completion of an accessible path. The second phase is the wall on the south side of the current parking lot. The project includes a retaining wall to create additional parking. Kubota Garden is located at 9817 55th Ave. S.

Background on the Major Projects Challenge Fund: The six-year financial plan for the Seattle Park District includes the Major Projects Challenge Fund, which provides $1.6 million annually to finance the redevelopment of SPR facilities. The intent of the Fund is to leverage community-generated funding to supplement the Park District funds. To maximize the impact of the funding, SPR combined two-years of funding for the initial round of awards. Applications for the funding from community organizations were scored based on criteria developed in consultation with the Park District Oversight Committee. The Committee reviewed the applications and recommended a slate of awards. Two projects were considered “shovel ready”: Amy Yee Tennis Center and Kubota Garden. Many other projects received smaller amounts for planning, ranging from $30,000 to $93,000.

Additional Project Awards: In addition to the construction funds awarded to the Amy Yee Tennis Center and Kubota Garden, planning grants were awarded to the following organizations.

Major Projects Challenge Fund

2016 Planning Grant Awards

Project Award
Daybreak Star Capital Needs Assessment and Facility Improvements $30,000
South Park Community Center – Playground and Playfields Renewal $50,000
Madrona Bathhouse Theater Improvement $40,000
Magnuson Park Community Center Improvements $50,000
Green Lake Small Craft Center Redevelopment $93,000
Magnuson Park Playfield Development Project $50,000


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Amy Yee Tennis Center to close for maintenance

Amy Yee Tennis Center will be closed to the public for maintenance Aug. 24-Sept. 7. The center will reopen Sept. 8 at 7 a.m. During this time the public will be able to access outdoor tennis courts and there will be a Porta-Potty on site for our outdoor courts.

Center staff will check phone messages and try and respond regularly, but will not be answering phones. If you need to register for a class you can call any community center and give them the six-digit barcode number from the brochure to register. If you would like to reserve an outdoor court or anywhere in Seattle during the closure you can email (please allow three days to schedule your court).

Thank you Amy Yee Tennis Center volunteers

QuickStart tennis participants

QuickStart tennis participants

QuickStart tennis participants

QuickStart tennis participants

Amy Yee Tennis Center’s staff hosted a wonderful Jamboree for the QuickStart Tennis Program participants, volunteers, parents and friends Aug. 12. This year the program had 240 kids at 13 sites around the city, from Soundview in Ballard to Rainier Beach. Forty-five volunteer coaches contributed over 1,465 hours to make this program a huge success this summer!

Your volunteer efforts make a real difference in our community.

Amy Yee Tennis Center offers 75-degree half-priced specials in July

Indoor tennis court

Amy Yee Tennis Center indoor courts

When it’s hot outside, it can be difficult to find safe, comfortable forms of exercise. With a forecast of a dry, hot summer, Seattle Parks and Recreation will be offering 50-percent discounts on indoor tennis public court rentals at Amy Yee Tennis Center any day in July that it’s predicted to be more than 75 degrees. Amy Yee Tennis Center is located at 2000 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.  [Read more…]

Parks summer tennis league caters to youth beginners

Other sports programs don’t make kids play on adult fields with adult equipment and now neither does tennis. Seattle Parks and Recreation continues its play-based tennis league for youth with little or no experience playing tennis on June 23rd at 15 community centers across the city.

This summer’s “QuickStart” league will consist of two age brackets: 7-8 year-olds playing on a 36-foot court (a standard court is 78 feet long) and 9-10 year-olds playing on a 60-foot court. All equipment and supplies will be provided. The league fee is $35 per player for the eight-week program. This year’s 2014 QuickStart Tennis League is proudly sponsored by BECU.

Practices/matches are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., depending on age. QuickStart Tennis starts June 23 and concludes on Aug. 13 with a jamboree fun play day at the new Tennis Center Sandpoint. Sign up at one of your neighborhood community centers or online using your SPARC account. Parent participation is highly encouraged, as this is a family game! For more information, please contact Jeannie Shek, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at 206-684-4764 or

“QuickStart tennis” is a concept that was developed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as an introductory program designed to get youth playing tennis quickly. Check out their website to learn more about the concept. In five years the program has introduced more than 600 kids to the game of tennis in a fun learning environment with the help of more than 80 volunteers.

One final note: Volunteer coaches and parent managers are needed! This helps keep league fees low. Volunteers can be tennis enthusiast, parents, fans or anyone that loves helping kids succeed. No tennis or teaching experience is required – just a passion for working with kids! There will be two FREE QuickStart volunteer on-court trainings on Saturday, June 7, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at the Tennis Center Sandpoint and Monday, June 16, from 6:30-9:30.p.m. at the Amy Yee Tennis Center.

Seattle Parks to close all recreation facilities Wednesday, March 13 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for employee meeting

Seattle Parks and Recreation will close all recreational facilities tomorrow, March 13, from 12:30 to 2:30 so that Parks employees can meet with their leaders and talk to Parks management about the shooting that took place at Parks’ Densmore Ave. N facility on Friday, March 8.

This meeting will give the recreation staff time with their management team and with counselors. Affected facilities are community centers, pools, environmental learning centers and the Amy Yee Tennis Center.

Parks works in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council (ARC) to bring high-quality, accessible and affordable recreation opportunities to the people of Seattle. For more information on ARC, please see