Pickleball picks up court space

Pickleball lines will be painted on the Middleton Mountain tennis courts and the Kalview tennis courts (when reconstructed).

A new sport is gaining some space in Coldstream, despite some opposition.

Pickleball lines will be painted on the Middleton Mountain tennis courts and the Kalview tennis courts (when reconstructed).

The Vernon Pickleball Club is overjoyed with the addition of places to play, but some tennis players aren’t as keen to share the space.

“We believe the pickleball organization is being too demanding,” states a petition signed by 21 people.

The signed are fearful that lines painted on the Middleton Mountain courts will ruin the courts.

“The pickleball lines were painted on Sawicki making it unsatisfactory to play tennis there.”

The addition of pickleball is on a one-year trial basis, after which a report will be brought to council analyzing the impacts of pickleball.

VPC members have previously stated that they are not trying to cause conflict with tennis players and have set a schedule of organized club sessions two to three mornings per week for two to three hours and two evenings per week.

The club is also providing some financial support to Coldstream for the painting of lines at Middleton.

“We did a collection and our members were very generous,” said spokesperson Cheri Burgess, as she handed a cheque for $700 to council Monday.

Lavington Park ismprovements

Some investments are being made to spruce up Lavington Centennial Park.

Four picnic tables are being ordered for the park and electrical upgrades are being made to the shelter.

The bill for improvements is $8,800, most of which comes from the District of Coldstream. The Lavington Community Association, which made the request, has contributed $1,700. But since increasing its original request, Coldstream is hopeful the association will increase its contribution.

“I have great faith in the Lavington Community Association that they will do their best to assist us,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane.

Free trees

An annual opportunity is back for Coldstream residents to plant a greener future.

Residents can get free seedlings at the municipal office Sunday starting at 9 a.m. on a first come, first serve basis.

The seedlings are provided by Michael Carlson, emeritus scientist with the Ministry of Forests. Carlson has donated seedlings for a number of years.