Converting 29th street tennis court to pickleball

Following public consultation and a trial period introducing shared hours of the tennis courts at 29th Street into pickleball courts, the District has determined that there is a need for a permanent pickleball court in this area. In spring 2018, staff will convert one tennis court into four pickleball courts to allow players of both sports to enjoy this community asset.

Additional options for tennis players are the nearby tennis courts at Altamont Park and Benbow Park, which will be renovated in 2018.

Background

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis and played on a 22x44 foot court similar to a doubles badminton court. Players use a solid paddle to hit a perforated ball over a net.

The popularity of pickleball is increasing, and participation in the sport is on the rise.

District staff have been approached by a group of pickleball players requesting more playing time on the tennis courts at 29th Street.

Currently, pickleball is allowed on these courts from 1–3 p.m on Wednesdays only. The players are requesting that pickleball be allowed on the courts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9–11 a.m.

They have also requested to explore the possibility of permanently converting the South tennis court in the 29th Street Park to two pickleball courts.

CONTACT

Ian Haras
Manager of Park Operations

604-925-7275

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