As part of the many upgrades to Rose Hill Park, the City of Kamloops wants to include pickleball courts into the existing tennis facility in the Park. This City-wide initiative is focused on adding pickleball courts to existing low-use tennis courts. Low use would certainly describe the Rose Hill courts. Recently, a visual survey was conducted of the two courts in Rose Hill Park (see detail below). During an 18 day period, with 56 documented observations, only one court was used once by two players.
What is Pickleball? — Pickleball is a thriving sport in North America and is easy to learn and play, but challenging to master. It is a unique, fast paced game that individuals of all ages can enjoy, although it has become especially attractive to older players because of the smaller court size and lower impact (knees, ankles, hips). Pickleball shares features of other racquet sports. It is a sport in which two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The dimensions and layout of a court are similar to badminton court (pickleball = 20 X 44 feet), while the net and rules are similar to tennis. Note that three pickleball courts fit into the space of one tennis court.
The Proposal — It is proposed that lines and other modifications for up to three pickleball courts be super-imposed on top of one of the existing Rose Hill Park tennis courts. Lines for the tennis courts will remain white, while the lines for the pickleball courts will be painted in either red or blue. This proposal would enable, simultaneously, single/doubles tennis (one court) and singles/double pickleball (three courts) to be played involving 8-16 people concurrently. Comments or concerns about this proposal? – Contact Gary Bunney at 250 314-1805 (after 6PM) from August 21 to August 28 or at email@example.com.
Pickleball in Kamloops — Kamloops pickleball got its start in 2007. Today, the Kamloops Pickleball Club has a membership of 125+ and is growing steadily. Rose Hill’s very own Thor Fridricsson, a long-time resident of our community, is the current president of the Kamloops Pickleball Club. The Kamloops Pickleball Club is fortunate to have a relatively large member base with a variety of skill levels ranging from novice to high-level players, so it is easy to find a group of players to suit each level. The Kamloops Pickleball Club promotes healthy active living, sportsmanship, fair play and fun! The group’s goal is to continue the growth of pickleball in Kamloops with the motto: Play Pickleball – Preserve your body, mind and spirit. If you have questions about pickleball, or you would like to learn this fast-growing sport, Thor can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kamloops Pickleball Club can be reached at email@example.com.
Details of the tennis court use informal study: During the 18 day period (July 23-August 9 inclusive) fifty-six (56) observations were made of the usage of the two Rose Hill courts. Observations were concentrated in the mornings (18 observations up to 10AM) and in the late afternoon/evening (28 observations between 4PM and 8PM). In addition, observations were biased towards the weekend with half of the observations conducted on Saturdays and Sundays.
Plan showing tennis court conversion to pickleball courts Rose Hill