Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Parksville, B.C. Outdoor Pickleball Courts on Tennis Courts

http://www.pqbnews.com/sports/216599961.html
By James Clarke - Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Published: July 23, 2013 9:00 AM 
The sport of pickleball is flourishing in its new home down at the outdoor lacrosse box, as evident last week by the spirited rallies and the sounds of laughter.
Soaking up the sun and having a ball as part of Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association (PGOSA’s) Pickle-ball Club.“We started the summer with 24 or something and within three weeks we were at 86 which is the most ever,” Howarth said when asked about the league’s numbers.
There is a waiting list, and as of Monday the number of registered players was reported to have climbed to 95.
Key to the increased numbers are the extra courts added to the outdoor lacrosse box.
The City of Parksville put the courts in quickly for them pointed out one of the players, explaining how the city marked out two courts on the tennis courts nearby “and then we just grew so fast they just slammed these six courts out for us (here in the lacrosse box). They did a great job.”“We started the summer with 24 or something and within three weeks we were at 86 which is the most ever,” Howarth said when asked about the league’s numbers.
There is a waiting list, and as of Monday the number of registered players was reported to have climbed to 95.  Key to the increased numbers are the extra courts added to the outdoor lacrosse box.
The City of Parksville put the courts in quickly for them pointed out one of the players, explaining how the city marked out two courts on the tennis courts nearby “and then we just grew so fast they just slammed these six courts out for us (here in the lacrosse box). They did a great job.” “It’s excellent,” confirmed Howarth, “it’s $15 a year to join PGOSA for seniors, so it’s cheap, and pickle-ball is $10 a year play.”
The league plays outdoors May to October and move inside to area gyms in the winter.
Players have to be a member of PGOSA, the local sports association for 55’s and over.

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