Oliver Parks and Recreation so as to add 4 new pickleball courts to outside facility – Okanagan


The racquet courts in Oliver, BC are getting a facelift. The outdoor facility will be updated to meet the growing needs of the local pickleball community.

“We are very pleased that this is happening and we are so glad that the City of Oliver has taken this sport under its wing and decided to upgrade it,” said Rickard Sullivan, President of the Oliver Pickleball Club.

The three-court outdoor facility has been shared by tennis and pickleball players for years, but pickleball players have outgrown the court.

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“We started when we were about 50 or 60 and it’s grown exponentially. I think we have about 130 members now,” said former Oliver Pickleball Club President Blaine Watson.

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“We had to share courts with the tennis club, which has been a very nice arrangement for many, many years, but as we have so many members, the demand for court space has grown with club membership. We expect membership to now double or triple overnight with the dedicated courts.”

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Pickleball courts are traditionally smaller than tennis courts. Traditionally, pickleball players have used portable nets and makeshift lines on tennis courts.

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“We’re expanding the pitch that we have here up the hill to accommodate a special pickleball facility,” said Oliver Parks and Recreation Manager Carol Sheridan.

“So in addition to our three beautiful tennis courts, we will also have four pickleball courts.”

According to Sheridan, the project has been under discussion for almost four years.

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Crews began preparations for the new sidewalk at the east end of the courthouse on Monday. The repairs and resurfacing will be completed shortly thereafter.

“We’re actually going to have all of our courts recoated so they can be beautiful for another 20 years,” Sheridan said.

New perimeter fences, nets, playfield dividers and paint are also being added. The project is expected to be completed in late May or early June.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $140,000 and some of the funds were raised by the local pickleball and tennis community. Oliver Pickleball Club Fundraising Chair Gordon Reid and local Janet Shaw helped lead the fundraising effort.

“We have had great support from our local members of both the pickleball and tennis clubs. As well as the local community. Our dealers have helped us tremendously,” said Reid.

The group raised nearly $40,000, and the Canada Health Communities Initiative provincial program grant also contributed an additional $42,000 to the project.

The remaining funds will come from Oliver Parks and Recreation Capital’s approved 2022 financial plan.

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