Kerry Park Recreation Centre has published a Concept Plan related to the six new courts planned in the field behind the curling/skating rinks. The Concept has been developed with the input from the SCPC, and we believe represents the best practices gathered from other court developments. We would welcome any comments on this plan. The plan can be viewed here....
The CVRD has been awarded a Provincial Grant for an Outdoor Pickleball Complex at Kerry Park. The preliminary plan is to have a gravel parking lot for approximately 30 cars, 6 pickleball courts, a picnic area, a walking trail around the perimeter of the complex and a small 2 stall washroom/change area.
Work is already underway to get geo-tech and surveying done within the next several weeks and then design work completed early spring to allow a tender package out by June.
Updated design work will be presented at the next Kerry Park Recreation Commission meeting scheduled for March 23rd.
Note that one of the requirements of the Grant recipients is that construction begins in 2021!!
We are extremely appreciative of all the support the the SCPC received from numerous folks at the CVRD. Although we don't know everyone who had input into this initiative we would like to recognize the members of the Kerry Park Recreation Commission and Kim Liddle, Manager of the Kerry Park site for the time and effort they put in to making this happen.
Watch this space for future developments
HUCKLEBERRY PARK USAGE FOR PICKLEBALL
The CVRD, Parks and Trails Division, has advised the Club that:
The multi-purpose court at Huckleberry Park is a community park that is not designated for pickleball (hence no lines).
As Kerry Park was unavailable for a period this spring and then only available for singles play, and with Farnsworth the only other option, the CVRD turned a blind eye to the taping of courts and the playing of games.
A number of household members in the immediate area have recently complained about access to the courts. With school now out the demand for access to these courts is only going to increase.
Bottom line – The bylaw officer will be charged with ensuring the Huckleberry Park courts are not used for pickleball going forward.
SOUTH COWICHAN LIFE PICKLEBALL ARTICLE - NOVEMBER 2020
The November 2020 edition of the South Cowichan Life Magazine had an article on pickleball by Area A Director Blaise Salmon. It provided a good overview of the sport and the need for court space in the South Cowichan area. Below is a brief excerpt from the article
"A recent report from the South Cowichan Pickleball Club is an example. Pickleball (one of the game’s inventors had a dog named “Pickle”) is a rapidly growing racquet sport, which can be played indoors or out. Played with paddles and a wiffle ball, it is easier on the body than tennis, but still a good workout, and very popular with seniors. However there are not enough courts in South Cowichan to meet the demand. ....."
The complete article can be found at:
LETTER TO KERRY PARK RECREATION COMMISSION - JULY 2020
In mid July a letter was sent to the Kerry Park Recreation Commission asking the following questions (the complete text is presented in the attached Word document):
"Moving forward, we want to know what you need from us and have the following questions:
Is the Commission willing to provide land under its control for the development of pickleball courts?
Is the Commission willing to partner with other funders for the development of pickleball courts?
Has the 2021 Kerry Park capital budget been allocated? Does it include the development of pickleball courts?
Would it be beneficial to the Commission if the SCPC arranged a meeting of the various parties interested in developing pickleball courts in the South Cowichan?"
COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT
Regional Recreation Strategic Plan – March 2019
During 2018/19 a regional recreation planning initiative was undertaken to assess the current state of recreation in the region and strategically plan for the future. The final phase of this planning initiative was to develop a Regional Recreation Strategic Plan that will guide future service delivery and collaborations. Those areas where pickleball was mentioned are highlighted...
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST REQUEST UPDATE - APRIL 2020
A request for an Expression of Interest in forming a club was sent out on April 27th. Two weeks later we are pleased to report that over 70 players have responded that they are indeed interested. This response exceeded our expectations and clearly demonstrates the interest in our community in the sport of pickleball.
With such a large response we are sure that among the group we have a range of skills and contacts that will be invaluable in getting the Club up and running. A list of short term objectives is presented in the "About Us" heading; if you can help out with any of these let us know
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST IN THE
SOUTH COWICHAN PICKLEBALL CLUB - APRIL 2020
On April 29th an e-mail was sent out to over 100 people who had played pickleball at Kerry Park over the past two years requesting an Expression of Interest in joining the Club.
If you didn't receive this e-mail and are interested in joining the Club please go to the Contact tab and send us a message....
MILL BAY TENNIS CLUB SUPPORT
The Mill Bay Tennis Club is supportive of outdoor pickleball courts being added at Kerry Park Recreation Centre below the existing tennis courts. See a link to their website and a page stating their position...
PRESENTATION TO THE CVRD'S
ELECTORAL AREA SERVICES COMMITTEE - JANUARY 2019
In January 2019 a presentation was given to the Electoral Services Committee that provided background on the sport, it's growth and its health and social benefits. It also provided information about the distribution of public courts throughout the CVRD. The case was made that the South Cowichan area is undeserved relative to other areas in the Region. The PowerPoint document below accompanied the presentation (note that Slide 6 shows where public courts in the CVRD are located)