Middle ground is being sought for pickleball until the sport has a permanent home.
City of Vernon staff have been meeting with the Vernon Pickleball Association about where games can be held.
“They are being very co-operative and understanding about the noise concern neighbours have in the Sawicki (park) area,” said Doug Ross, recreation services manager.
It was suggested that games could be held inside the curling club but there are concerns about the facility’s floor being too slippery.
Another option is to hold morning games at Sawicki and Mt. Ida parks in the morning and Sawicki and MacDonald parks in the evening.
Ross admits that what will ultimately resolve any friction about noise between players and residents is a permanent location for the sport.
The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee will discuss the matter May 4.
“We’ll have a better idea after that meeting of a dedicated location at Marshall Field,” said Coun. Juliette Cunningham, who is also GVAC chairperson.
Tennis court frustration
A Vernon politician is demanding that some tennis courts be opened to the public.
Coun. Brian Quiring says residents at the end of Tronson Road want to use the old tennis courts at Deer Park even if they have to clean them up.
“These people are very anxious to make this happen,” he said.
City staff have previously stated that the condition of the courts could create some liability issues.
“It’s being stuck in a bureaucratic sinkhole,” said Quiring.