One of Canada’s fastest growing sports

One of Canada’s fastest growing sports

Sport creates ‘pickle’ on Vernon courts

Yellow lines have been added to one of the tennis courts at Sawicki Park for pickleball enthusiasts.

There’s a new sport in Greater Vernon.

Yellow lines have been added to one of the tennis courts at Sawicki Park for pickleball enthusiasts.

“Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country among active older adults,” said Mike Knights, a recreation programmer.

“Here in Vernon, there is a committed group that have been filling up the Priest Valley Gym at the recreation complex for the past year.”

Pickleball involves a racquet sport and aspects of the sport are similar to badminton and tennis.

The Regional District of North Okanagan  has had lines painted and purchased four portable pickleball nets. They can all be used simultaneously on the one tennis court.

The nets can be rented by reserving them in advance at 250-545-6035.

“There is no charge to rent the nets, however, a credit card is needed as a damage deposit,” said Knights.

“If you are someone looking for a consistent set time to play pickleball, if you are interested in trying it for the first time or perhaps don’t have a partner, recreation services has created two pickleball programs to help out.”

On Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., and on Thursdays, from 6 p.m. to dusk, recreation services has the court reserved to run social pickleball programs.

Court #2 will still usable for tennis while the pickleball courts are in use.

If you’re not sure about signing up for an entire season, you can pay a $5 drop-in fee to check it out.

For information, call 250-550-3669.