New pickleball courts now open

The new pickleball courts at Cedar Heights Community Centre were officially opened July 28

Surrounded by Cedar Heights Community Association members

The new pickleball courts at Cedar Heights Community Centre were officially opened July 28 by North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes.

Close to 100 people attended the event.

The $37,000 improvement was made possible by a $25,000 taxpayer-funded Canada New Horizons for Seniors grant, along with a $12,000 contribution from the association.

In just over one month, the tennis court was converted into four regulation-sized pickleball courts.

As the old adage maintains, ‘many hands do make light work.’

Project manager Phil Mitchell and his team of 32 volunteers contributed more than 564 hours to the job.

Cedar Heights Pickleball courts open from  8 a.m. to dusk during the summer months. Hours will change as days grow shorter and weather changes.

Current hours are as follows: Monday – open play for all levels; Tuesday  – beginner lessons, novice and recreational play; Wednesday – round-robin tournament for three-plus players. Arrive 10 minutes early to sign up; Friday – open play for all levels. Wear non-marking court shoes. Paddles and balls are provided.

Cedar Heights Community Association members can purchase a season pass or pay a $4 drop-in fee. Non-members are welcome to use the courts for the same drop-in fee.

Punch cards are also available and are valid until play ends for the season in October.

In other play, the association hosts a golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 16 at the club’s par-three golf course on Lakeview Drive in Sorrento.

Registration takes place at 1 p.m., with the tournament teeing off at 2 and dinner to follow at 5 p.m.

The cost is $15 for members and $23 for non-members.

Non-golfing spouses are welcome to attend the dinner at a cost of $8.

Meanwhile, the association has entered a male and female team in Shuswap Hospice’s Step Up For Hospice, which goes to September. To make a donation or for more information, send an email to gloria16@telus.net or call 250-675-0036.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District board of directors has approved gas tax funding in the amount of $13,400 for high-efficiency air conditioning.

 

 

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