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City Park to remain pickleball free

It appears renovations to the tennis courts in Kelowna's City Park will not include the popular, and growing sport of pickleball.

The tennis courts at City Park are at the end of their life span and are scheduled to be replaced.

Improvements will also include better drainage and lights for nighttime use and better overall park security.

Cost of the project is $335,000.

During budget deliberations in December, council questioned the overall usage of the tennis courts and the feasibility of including pickleball within the tennis court replacement.

In a report for Monday's council meeting, parks planner, Barb Davidson recommends City Park courts be designated for single use tennis.

Davidson says two of the tennis courts at the Parkison Rec. Centre were converted into six pickleball courts two years ago.

Having those courts in a high traffic, central located area, means shared use courts at Hartwick Park are no longer being used.

According to the local pickleball club, adding courts to City Park would not draw enough people other than the occasional pick-up game.

Ideally, club members would like to see a dedicated 12 court pickleball facility on a high profile site with access to amenities such as parking and washrooms.

At the present time there are 17 pickleball courts in the city - 11 of those are shared pickleball and tennis courts.

Davidson did add that, as the City Park Master Plan is revised later this year, the potential remains to add multiple single use designated pickleball courts to the active recreation zone.



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