March 3, 2024
New tennis bubble coming to West Vancouver

West Vancouver council is serving up some good information for area tennis players and pickleballers with a new facility prepared for Hugo Ray Park

Neglect about housing bubbles. Tennis and pickleball are exactly where it is at.

The District of West Vancouver may perhaps soon be residence to an inflated dome containing 6 tennis courts together with new included pickleball courts in the southeast corner of Huge Ray Park.

District council and Tennis BC have signed a memorandum of comprehension that would see the sporting organization construct and operate the amenities, which would be open up to the public 85 for every cent of the time.

“We are certainly thrilled, women and gentlemen, to have a amazing facility. It will be a education ground for young athletes,” Mayor Mark Sager explained at Monday’s council conference “It’s a fantastic location and it’ll be a fantastic amenity to the community and to the neighbourhood and we’re genuinely excited.…We’re heading to put West Vancouver on the map as a area for all sports activities and all individuals.”

As the MOU is still refreshing, most of the details have not still been sorted out. Tennis BC president Rick Hastings said they goal to model the new tennis bubble after their quite effective Tennis BC Hub @ Richmond facility, where the non-earnings sport organization rents courts out for about $28-35 for every hour.

“Within its DNA, it’s all about creating it accessible. You really do not have to be a member of a fancy club to get indoor courtroom access,” Hastings said.

Hastings reported they have carried out a walkaround of the mainly treed website with district personnel and tennis officials and it appears to be at minimum notionally feasible. With the MOU signed, they can now get down to additional thorough preparing and council approvals prior to heading to tender for building.

“It’s heading be beautiful,” he explained. “All get-togethers concerned are hoping that we can go as speedily as doable and get persons playing tennis as before long as feasible.”

District staff were being previously accomplishing preparing get the job done on setting up new pickleball courts at Hugo Ray.

There has been pressure amongst tennis players and pickleballers in the previous as the two will have to contend for minimal community courtroom area, Hastings acknowledged. Tennis B.C. was happy to accommodate the upstart activity into the options, he reported.

“Well, we like pickleball, certainly. How significantly enjoyable would that be? I assume which is terrific and I think that was a little something that, as a board, we thought would be seriously exciting,” he claimed. “It’s so common, and there’s genuinely so a lot demand from customers.”

The pickleball courts would not be less than the same bubble as tennis, but Hastings reported it is their intention to give 6 covered all-weather courts. The design of the courts would be accomplished in consultation with the community pickleball group, he additional.

The North Shore Tennis Modern society issued a launch Tuesday morning “enthusiastically welcoming” the announcement.

“This is great day for tennis in West Vancouver. We are quite delighted that our advocacy endeavours have borne fruit with the announcement of this new tennis centre in Hugo Ray Park,” culture president Duncan Brown mentioned, introducing thanks to Sager and council as nicely as those funding the proposal.

Culture vice-president Marcus Shapiro welcomed the inclusion of their racket-wielding courtroom rivals.

“Having worked intently with the West Vancouver picklers, we are delighted that Tennis BC’s ideas encompass new pickleball courts as perfectly as new indoor tennis courts,” he reported.