That’s no tennis ball: the Vernon Cadets took up four afternoons of pickleball during the summer. (Photo: Anne Longley)

Lake Country pickleballers ask the district for more places to play

The pickleball club has proposed adding markings to existing tennis and basketball courts

Pickleballers in Lake Country are asking for more courts to play on in an effort to mitigate noise.

On Tuesday, pickleball club president Rod Johnston was joined by roughly 12 of his members at Lake Country council to present a proposal to create more courts to play on in the community.

The proposal was put together in response to a number of noise complaints issued against the pickleballers at Shoreline Park that began in July.

The club is asking the city to add pickleball markings to existing tennis courts in Shoreline Park, to a basketball court at Lakestone Park and to build a brand-new tennis court in Woodsdale that can be divided into four pickleball courts.

“We are not in competition with tennis players,” said Johnston during Tuesday’s presentation.

“We were all taught in kindergarten to share. We just want to share the space. I don’t think we need a year-long study to determine if there’s a user problem in this community. Drive-by that park (Shoreline) anytime and you’ll see it empty.”

READ MORE: A pickleball debacle unfolds in Lake Country

Another frustrated Lake Country resident also voiced his concern during the meeting, stating that pickleballers have not abided their 9 p.m. curfew at Shoreline Park.

The pickleball club now has over 100 members and believes that by expanding from Shoreline Park members will be quieter with fewer on the court at a time and won’t have to play as late into the evening.

“Crowding problems will go away if we use the court space we have,” said Johnston.

“Right now it just makes the most economic sense to provide greater utilization of the existing playing surfaces in the area.”

The club’s president estimates the cost of their plan would be under $6,000. The club plans on doing fundraising to help pay for the project.

The district said it will consider the pickleball club’s request, but also acknowledged that sharing tennis space may be a challenge. The Lake Country Tennis club is working towards hosting more youth tournaments and adding any alternative lines to the tennis courts would go against regulatory requirements.


@Niftymittens14
daniel.taylor@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Icewine harvesting underway in Okanagan

Hundreds of tonnes of grapes expected to be harvested this year for icewine in surrounding Okanagan area

City of West Kelowna proposes 4.8% tax increase for 2020

Tax increase will generate $2.3 million more in revenue in comparison to 2019 budget, city says

Nominations for Kelowna Chamber of Commerce “40 Under Forty” now open

The chamber said the search for “Best of the Best” is on

Kelowna city council approves off-leash dog beach on Lake Avenue

This is the fourth off-leash dog beach to be implemented in Kelowna

Power restored in West Kelowna

Power is out for those living near Mount Boucherie Secondary School

Province sues over sailing incident that killed teen with disabilities

Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after marine lift failed

First Nations want Big Bar landslide cleared ASAP to allow fish passage

Leadership calling for urgent action and resources to remove obstruction on the Fraser

Assessed value of Lower Mainland homes expected to decrease in 2020

Other areas of province may see modest increases over last year’s values

Book examines history of B.C. wine industry

Author Luke Whittall has studied the growth of the industry from the mid-19th century to today

Chilliwack family’s therapy dog injured in hit and run

Miniature pit bull Fifty’s owner is a single mother facing close to $10,000 in vet bills

Competitive Christmas decorating takes sarcastic turn in Princeton

It’s not uncommon for neighbours to good-naturely compete with one another when… Continue reading

Alleged Penticton shooter John Brittain waives preliminary trial

Brittain will return to court in January to schedule a trial date

Most Read