Opportunities for summer recreation indoors and out

Just because the temperatures climb during the summer months doesn’t mean that the recreational opportunities slow down around the Island. There are a variety of options for anyone looking to get outside over the next three months to watch, play and enjoy outdoor or indoor sports.

Just because the temperatures climb during the summer months doesn’t mean that the recreational opportunities slow down around the Island. There are a variety of options for anyone looking to get outside over the next three months to watch, play and enjoy outdoor or indoor sports.

While some leagues, such as the softball league administered by the Mercer Island Parks and Recreation Department, have formed teams and are already competing, there are others still available, according to NeSha Thomas, the recreation coordinator with the Parks and Recreation Department.

Parks and Recreation has tennis lessons available for every skill set in two-week increments, from June 23 through the summer until Aug. 20. The lessons, Thomas said, run for two-hour time periods between 6 and 8 p.m., and are open to anyone.

For tennis players looking for more than lessons, the department also sets up women’s tennis matches. Thomas said these doubles matches will be starting up in the next week, and the cost is $12 per person for the entire season. There are two separate flights, competitive or casual games, Thomas said. Interested parties can contact Thomas, who schedules and administers the different matches.

The 50 and older softball league games are already underway, Thomas said, but anyone interested in watching games can catch the matches at the Lid Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings between now and Aug. 6. A second softball league, a co-ed and men’s league, is also competing. Games run Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Homestead Park.

Indoor activities at the Community Center include drop-in sports such as pingpong, pickleball, volleyball and badminton. Pingpong games are Friday afternoons from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Pickleball, a game invented in the Northwest, takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Sundays from 4 to 6 p.m. for guests 18 years and older. Senior drop-in volleyball games for people 55 years and older are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Community Center. Drop-in badminton games are on Fridays from 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the North Mercer Gym and Saturdays at the Community Center from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Drop-in sports are $2 for senior and youth residents, $3 for youth and senior nonresidents, $3 for adult residents and $4 for nonresident adults.

For more information, visit www.myparksandrecreation.com or call 275-7609.


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