Klahani courts to draw pickleball players

City to create three pickleball courts in South Canoe park.

Good news for pickleball enthusiasts.

The old tennis court base in Klahani Park in South Canoe will be repaired and a ‘plexipave system’ surface coating will be added to create three new pickleball courts.

Rob Niewenhuizen, the city’s director of engineering and public works, told council the park was set up for multi-use and tennis courts, and the city hopes to resurface the tennis courts in the future.

Coun. Alan Harrison noted when the recreation master plan was being prepared and input sought, “the pickleball people were out in full force.” He said pickleball is the fastest-growing seniors sport and Salmon Arm is home to a lot of pickleball players.

Harrison said he’s also happy to see room for tennis courts in the future, as the city is lacking in good outdoor courts.

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