NO GAME THIS SATURDAY - at least at Salmon Bay ** UPDATE, all good

hey ballers - 

I'm working with Salmon Bay in terms of extending the 'goodwill' offer about us continuing play at the school, but I've been informed this week that we're no longer allowed to use the surface until our permit is in place. I'm still working on getting liability insurance for the org - and of course we can't even apply for a permit until that gets signed - so I'm hoping that I can find some contingency plan that will work for the school.

Regardless of how you personally feel about this whole thing - please remember that according to the school board, seattle parks and rec et al, the school has absolute authority to ban us from playing there. So please don't piss the school or the community off by showing up and playing until we can clear this up. If you do so, you risk us losing the space permanently, and could possibly affect us finding another suitable place to play in the parks system.

If any of you have contacts with insurance or lawyers and would like to try to expedite this process, please let me know.

thanks for the patience,


--excerpt from email, after original phone call notification--


Hi Rob,

I wanted to follow up after we talked today. I have talked to our Building Rentals and principal Neil. The instructions I have from the district are that the playground can not be used again until there is a permit that has been approved. We need to make sure the school district is protected  and there is proper permissions in place. You mentioned that you have not been able to get insurance and that is what is holding you up. There may be insurance you can get from the district for a fee. Eleanor Lockett would be your point of contact about that. Here is the contact information for Eleanor 206 252-0640.  Her email is


Please let your group know that things are cancelled at Salmon Bay until this is resolved. Please let me know if you have any questions. 


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Comment by rob sorensen on March 3, 2016 at 5:52pm

per my most recent post, we're back on at Salmon Bay, and we're almost completely legit there... request has officially been made for the space and liability insurance is in place... Tanner, leave the nets?

Comment by James Gannon on March 3, 2016 at 3:08pm

It sounds like that old Scientology center is now a K-8. Maybe that's a viable option at least for this week.

Comment by Steve W on March 3, 2016 at 2:41pm

Here's a link to my last round of rink recon:

Comment by vp on March 3, 2016 at 1:39pm

Thanks for leading the charge Rob. I'll call you.

Comment by Steven Stivers on March 3, 2016 at 1:24pm

Steve W - did you assess this site when we moved out of Adams?

If it is long enough, it looks to be a good candidate for reutilization. Perhaps we could transform it into a "real" rink with boards and attract tournaments here.

Comment by Steven Stivers on March 3, 2016 at 1:08pm

I agree with getting the goals out of there, both to demonstrate that we are not playing and to prevent someone who somehow missed this message from inadvertently stirring up trouble after showing up and trying to use the nets. Thanks for taking care of it, Tanner.

Comment by James Gannon on March 2, 2016 at 10:14pm

Let's think about an alternative location in the short term until this gets resolved. Adams and Whittier seem like the obvious choices, unless we want to move out of Ballard.

Comment by Jim Kirk on March 2, 2016 at 8:32pm
Also I think it's important that the district identify why this activity, in particular, requires insurance compared to similar team sports that are played on the surface. Any idea why street hockey is in a different category?
Comment by Jim Kirk on March 2, 2016 at 8:30pm
Thanks, Rob. I think I'm late to this issue. Is the playground a public space or part of the school district or both? This seems to be definitive that we need a permit, a question I feel like we have been asking them for months. Let me know if you need a hand with anything.
Comment by rob sorensen on March 2, 2016 at 8:07pm

hey Jim - I added the email part of the communication to the original post... important to note it's not a 'never' or a 'ban' just that the goodwill has run out and they now want a permit in place.

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