Help Save the GLCC

Seattle Parks and Recreation has proposed tearing down and rebuilding the community center and has suggested they would need to partner with a private organization to pay the cost. This would spell the end of the GLTTC as we know it. The GLTTC has had the support of the community center for over 25 years. They have paid for our tables, barriers, practice balls, paddles, and gym dividers. They have kept the cost for us to play at a minimum. It is time for us now to advocate for our program and community centers city-wide. There will be two budget meetings with the Seattle City Council. These meetings are open to the public. I’ll be going on November 1, and will speak for 2 minutes about our program. I need at least 5 players to stand with me when I speak. If you can come, contact me directly (Kim Goldov) at (206) 979-9752. This letter was created by a group of volunteers working to galvanizing support for all our community centers and has more information about the proposed changes and what we are asking for.

• 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November. 1, public testimony on 2018 budget
• 1:00 p.m., Monday, November. 13, City Council sitting as Metropolitan Park District governors, will hear testimony on Seattle Park and Recreation budget

Thank you.

Maintenance Closure 10/16 – 11/5

The GLCC is closed for 3 weeks after the weekend of October 14/15. Regular table tennis on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will resume starting 11/7.

While we are closed, consider checking out some of the other clubs in the area:

If you do play anywhere else, please let folks know about the GLTTC, and invite them to come when we reopen.

May 10 Event with Swedish Hospital MS Center

The GLTTC Opening Serve program is partnering with the Swedish Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Center on May 10 from 10 am to 1 pm. The FREE event is open to all persons living with MS, and since the event will occur during our normal Wednesday time slot, everyone is welcome. Please contact Simon Gale to RSVP

Tuesday and Friday Evenings start April 4

We will be having open play again on Tuesday and Fridays evenings, 6 pm to 9 pm starting Tuesday, April 4, and Friday, April 7. Unlike last year, Tuesdays and Fridays will be free for the 2017 season. This change is a result of city-wide rule that makes all drop-in use of the community centers during regular hours free. Tuesday and Friday play starting with the 2018 season will be organized under the Parks and Recreation “class” structure with still-to-be-determined pricing.

These changes go along with a Parks & Recreation request that we make the GLTTC as welcoming as possible for new and beginner level players. One expected change will be to set aside one or more tables for beginners where the “winner stays on the table” rule will not apply.

We will also be soliciting stewards for Tuesday and Friday evenings who can make sure the tables are set up and taken down correctly, and that new players are welcomed and oriented. If you are interested in helping, contact info@glttc.com.

Future of Green Lake Community Center

The City of Seattle is looking at a plan to rebuild Green Lake Community Center, and possibly find a private partner to build and operate the new facility. A citizen’s group has formed to lobby against privatization and advocate for repair of the community center. If you would like to get involved or become more informed, the SAVE Evans Pool & Green Lake Community Center Facebook group has information and discussions.

Here is a good opinion piece in the Seattle Times that sums up the situation well: http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/dont-privatize-seattles-favorite-community-center/

KING TV5 News recently interviewed the leader of the citizen’s group, Susan Helf, and GLTTC volunteer Kim Goldov. KING TV5 happened to come on a Sunday evening, so they got lots of table tennis footage:
KING TV5 Coverage of Green Lake Community Center

KING 5 TV covering Opening Serve program

Our first para table tennis clinic on August 13 welcomed a special guest. KING 5 reporter, Ryan Takeo came with his cameraman and will be following the Opening Serve program as things progress. Here is an interesting video of Sung Yang training with Eric Pattison while the camera is on the table right in front of him. We’re looking forward to seeing this shot in the KING 5 report.

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Para Table Tennis Program Starting in Seattle

Eric Pattison

2x US Open Wheelchair champion Eric Pattison

Solimon Sesaye

Standing disabled new recruit Solimon Sesaye

The GLTTC, in partnership with Seattle Adaptive Sports has been chosen to participate in the USATT Opening Serve para table tennis program. The program is funded through a grant from the United States Olympic Committee, and aims to bring new disabled players into national competition, and eventually the Paralympics. Para table tennis is the official name of the sport for people with disabilities. Here are the main facets of the program:

  • Three GLTTC players, Tom Veatch, Sung Yang, and Kim Goldov were sent to Las Vegas in July for training in coaching para table tennis.
  • We have been given two ADA compliant Joola tables along with balls and paddles for program use.
  • There will be a para training program at the GLTTC. Our first clinic will be Saturday, August 13 at 5 pm
  • Two players from our training program will be sent to compete at the US Open in December

We are currently recruiting players for our para TT program. There will be a class every Saturday at 5:30 pm led by head coach, Tom Veatch. Please contact us at info@glttc.com if you know any disabled people who might enjoy this “sport within a sport”. Kids and vets are especially welcome. NO PRIOR TABLE TENNIS EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Para table tennis has 10 classes of competition – 5 for wheelchair players and 5 for standing based. Players are categorized into one of the 10 classes based on their level of disability so everyone can participate.

Eric Pattison, 2014 US Open Champion

We are celebrating Eric Pattison’s recent success at the 2014 US Open in Grand Rapids Michigan. Since Eric won first place he is now the US Open Champion in wheelchair table tennis (all categories). Congratulations Eric, we are so proud of you!

Green Lake Open – March 24/25

2012 Green Lake Open Entry Form

Entry Form

The Green Lake Table Tennis Center, in cooperation with the Bellevue Table Tennis Club will be holding its first USATT sanctioned tournament the weekend of March 24-25, 2012. The event will be directed by Jerry Li, who has been the tournament director for all the sanctioned tournaments in our area for the last several years. The format will be similar to past Bellevue Table Tennis Club tournaments.

There will be a total of $570 in prize money, plus trophies for all non-cash events.

The entry deadline is March 13, so get your entries in soon. We would like to see many of our regular GLTTC players who have never played a sanctioned tournament, enter and get established in the USATT rating system. Please click the entry form image on the right to download the entry form.

Showcase and Exhibition – Saturday, February 11 at 7 pm

There will be a remarkable event taking place at the GLTTC on February 11, 2012. Instead of our usual open play, we will have a free showcase and exhibition by the Seattle Pacific Table Tennis Club (SPTTC) with 60 students and 6 coaches (3 rated over 2600). The show will begin at 7:00 pm and last about 90 minutes. You will get to see how the students train, from the youngest to the most advanced. Several of the students are already familiar to us at the GLTTC from our recent  4th Seattle Table Tennis Championships: Sahl Ali, Jimmy Gao, Reda Ali, Michael Zhao, Kevin Li, Jenny Li, and Alan Bi were all winners or runners-up. 15 year old Billy Ding won our “Under 19 Years Singles” and also took second place in Open Singles.

Following the student showcase, there will be an exhibition with the 6 professional Chinese coaches. This will not be like any competition you have seen. These phenomenal players will put on a show for us full of lightning smashes, sky-high lobs, sizzling chops and unbelievable athleticism.

We are expecting over 200 spectators, so please carpool and plan to arrive by 6:30 pm to find parking. We would also appreciate if you could email ttshowcasedebuts@gmail.com and let us know how many guests you are bringing.