Pickleball process moves ahead

Pickleball enthusiasts aren’t wasting any time.

Planning for a pickleball facility has started just a week after an agreement was reached between the Vernon Pickleball Association and the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee.

“The process is already underway and we’re discussing the lease,” said Doug Ross, the City of Vernon’s recreation services manager.

It’s possible that construction could get underway soon.

“We will let them do everything we can to achieve their goal,” said Ross of the club.

GVAC recently agreed in principle to provide a $300,000 grant for construction and leased land at Marshall Field for 12 pickleball courts.

The VPA will have to come up with about $300,000 for the project and be completely responsible for construction.

Juliette Cunningham, GVAC chairperson, admits some residents near Marshall Field are concerned about pickleball noise.

“There are some residents but the’re not right next to the field,” she said.

“There is a lot of traffic (on Okanagan Landing Road) and it will hopefully help buffer the noise from pickleball.”

Cunningham added that the long-term plan is for a covered facility which would mitigate the noise.