Outdoor Pickleball – a history in Vancouver, the Lower Mainland
And Parks and Rec Surrey and Vancouver
The summer Olympics with its youth and vigour have brought to the Fore the need for more outdoor play for kids on summer break as well as for adults and seniors – all year round.
In the largest pickleball program in the world – the villages in Florida ,which has 200 tennis courts and 115 pickleball courts, it is observed that most tennis play occurs in their spring to summer . Pickleball on the other hand is played almost year round except for the very hot summer , hence the numbers have favored pickleball as the sport of choice. The consultant group ace – the American Council on Exercise has delineated pickleball as the sport of choice for the USA as the game plays in 15-20 min depending on skill level so it fits for those who want exercise but because of the economy only have a short time frame to get it.
BC is blessed with decent weather most of the year . Even after a short rain we can play pickleball if we use the brooms supplied by most tennis clubs that have double- marked courts. In 2005, when Pickleball got its real start in BC – after spotty programs, we had heard of courts in the 50’S on the rooftops of buildings in Vancouver. We had heard of one at Harrison Hot Springs in the 60’S but there were none, other than private courts in the Lower mainland.
The evolution of the outdoor courts has been slow in part hampered by sluggish responses from Parks and Rec , failing to see the trend down South transferring to Canada. Thus a bias favoring the programmed indoor Rec Centers who collect fees, order supplies and monitor activities etc has developed in BC.
Now the time has come to bring the youth we have taught, the seniors and working people who all of us have taught, as well as our leader / teacher instructors, Luba Jehovic, Brownie Carlton, Valentina Passonen , Ronnie and Dee Pitcher, James Guzzo, Bill Franzman, Ed and Lilly Orlovsky , Betty Vickers, Irene and Syd Kalnins, and Doreen Hadden to concentrate our efforts and lead people outdoors ! Our bc program is now approaching 136 independent locations – with about 30 outdoor. They are located from Kamloops to Victoria and are listed on the www.bcpickleball.com website.
The local South Surrey Peninsula ones are listed below : Please let us know if we have missed one on the website.
1) New marked courts for you are located at Bell Park and accessed from turning into 138A St – off 16th Ave , then hanging left towards Ray Shepherd school. The courts are at 127th St and 138A almost but not quite in the Ray Shepherd playground. They can also be accessed from the Ray shepherd parking lot. They are very little used courts with some shade in a residential neighbourhood. They are marked with indelible dots joined by a dowel with a chalk attached to it. One court is green and the other pink – two in total. Extra chalk is there if needed.
Other courts now marked in the same fashion are:
2) Meridian by the sea 20th and 150st – 2 courts smaller than most.
3) Sunnyside Park next to the pool behind Goodyear Tire on King George Hwy – you can have a swim after if you time it right. – 2 courts
4) Cresent Park practice board at tennis courts located at 128st and 24th St next to the elementary school. 2 courts and portable set is needed on both sides to play. Sign out free from C Lefaive 604-536-9602
5) Centennial Park – one court – bring dowel ( broomstick handle and chalk as well as portable seats ( no bench ) and top up the lines as black on black is not too visible from “ the other side “
This will give you nine courts to work with.