• Jeff Brandenburg

New SVC Pickleball Pavillion in the Works

Thanks to an extremely generous club member, ten brand new covered courts will soon be available at Skagit Valley College.

The Mount Vernon Pickleball Club (MVPC) has been working with Claude Blackburn to bring his vision of a 10 court pickleball pavilion to reality in the Skagit Valley. That vision of play, in a covered structure while retaining the feel of the outdoors, is now approaching reality with a pavilion designed to be located at Skagit Valley College (SVC). This location gives SVC students an opportunity to learn and play pickleball in addition to the general public. The whole family can enjoy the area as it is adjacent to the Skagit Valley Playfields, a county park.


A general contractor, design firm, several members of SVC, the SVC Foundation, and Claude make up the design team. The vision is to provide world class pickleball courts undercover with the feel of outdoor play. The design includes a center aisle to allow access to each court, barrier fencing between courts and a playing surface that is easier on the body than a typical concrete court. To provide the feel of outdoor play, the exterior walls drop down to an 8 foot height and include translucent panels and LED lighting to generate up to 75 foot candles (fc). To meet the target budget of $1.6 million dollars, the team is considering modifying several items, including possible elimination of the translucent panels and/or the barrier fencing, reduction of the LED lighting from 75 foot-candles to 45 foot-candles, and/or reducing the amount of shrubbery to be planted to help block the wind-driven rain. The team is working hard to retain these great features, but to do so WE NEED YOUR HELP.


A general contractor, design firm, several members of SVC, the SVC Foundation, and Claude make up the design team. The vision is to provide world class pickleball courts undercover with the feel of outdoor play. The design includes a center aisle to allow access to each court, barrier fencing between courts and a playing surface that is easier on the body than a typical concrete court. To provide the feel of outdoor play, the exterior walls drop down to an 8 foot height and include translucent panels and LED lighting to generate up to 75 foot candles (fc). To meet the target budget of $1.6 million dollars, the team is considering modifying several items, including possible elimination of the translucent panels and/or the barrier fencing, reduction of the LED lighting from 75 foot-candles to 45 f, and/or reducing the amount of shrubbery to be planted to help block the wind-driven rain. The team is working hard to retain these great features, but to do so WE NEED YOUR HELP.


We are asking for your donation to help us retain the important design features listed above and make this a truly great pickleball venue in the Skagit Valley. Gifts can be made to SVC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, which is tax deductible. As an incentive, we are offering a lifetime membership to the MVPC for donations of $500 or more. We appreciate your donation to help us reach our goal of $75,000.. Use the drop down menu to select “Pickleball Pavilion” and follow the instructions. More info, contact Dan Budzynski 360.929.5332 or Brad Tuininga 360.927.1804


Donation Amount Recognition Level

$5,000 Pickle

$2,000 Lob

$500 Drop Shot


See the home page of this website for more information and to donate. Help us reach our fundraising goal soon!

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