As you probably know, our club has not been active for the last two years. We stopped play in 2020 as a result of court closures due to Covid-19. When courts reopened, we remained inactive due to Via Paraiso neighbor complaints that have been brewing for several years and reached a head during the Covid shut down. As a result, the City of Monterey called for mediation between the neighbors and the pickleball community. The club was not directly involved in the mediation proceedings however the Board was given an opportunity to provide some feedback. Those representing the the pickleball players were all residents of the Monte Vista neighborhood where Via Paraiso is located. The mediation took place earlier this year.
To make a long story short, it's unlikely that MBPC will be returning to play at Via Paraiso. The City of Monterey has yet to make a final decision on pickleball play at Via Paraiso and we will keep you informed as more information becomes available. But, it doesn't look good.
That being said, over the last two years, pickleball has continued to grow rapidly throughout our area without any club organized play. So, the MBPC Board has been struggling with the future direction of the Club. One thing remains clear, we need more facilities. The pursuit of a dedicated public pickleball facility remains one of our key objectives.
Aside from that, it's not clear if Club organized play is something MBPC members and the pickleball community would like to resume. Until now, it's been somewhat of a moot point because we had no facility to play at that is large enough to support our club. We have more than 150 members now!
However, that's about to change!
The operators of the pickleball courts at the Monterey Hyatt have graciously offered their facilities for periodic MBPC play. It is conveniently located off Hwy 1 in Monterey and, if you have not heard, they are about to remove all of their tennis courts and replace them with permanent pickleball courts! No tennis lines and no portable nets. It will be a real pickleball facility. Best of all, this transformation is scheduled to occur soon. The plan is to install 17 courts! Yes, that's SEVENTEEN courts.
So, with that in mind, we are seeking input from the club members about how we might utilize this facility. Please take a few minutes to provide your feedback on the future of the club and potential play at the Hyatt.