Sicamous pickleballers finally have a court to call their own.
Tuesday, July 4 was the first day the Sicamous Pickleball Club stepped onto the six new outdoor courts, which now cover two of the tennis courts beside Eagle River Secondary.
Plans for the new pickleball courts came to council on May 24 and were met with approval. The courts then came to life over the next month and were ready for action on July 1.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play in the warm, golden sunshine and have friendly competition playing with others who love to play the best sport in the world!” Belinda Wilson, Sicamous Pickleball Club president, said in a Facebook post.
Wilson and the club thanked the district, Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union and the Sicamous Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99, all of whom contributed to the pickleball courts.
Regular club play time is planned for every day from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., said Wilson. Play will alternate from novice/intermediate level on one day and intermediate/advanced the next.
Players must register on Sign-Up Genius, the same system used for indoor play, said Wilson. There will be 24 spots open per session and a host will organize set-up for each game.
Four of the six courts have permanent nets, said Wilson, and two have no net. The club will play on two of courts with nets and portable nets will be set up when needed. The two courts with permanent nets not used by the club during scheduled play time will remain open to the public, as part of the agreement with the district, Wilson explained the post. All other times of day, all courts are open for public use.
During club times, anyone wanting to play with the club is welcome, but must join the Pickleball Canada and Pickleball BC organizations.
The Pickleball Club welcomes feedback and questions at firstname.lastname@example.org and etiquette guidelines can be found at the Sicamous Curling Club.