Port Colborne's West Side Tennis Courts get a makeover

Posted by Michelle Cuthbert on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Looking to swing a tennis racket or pickleball paddle this summer? Good news, the City has recently resurfaced their outdoor tennis courts to accommodate both tennis and pickleball.

 

Utilizing deferred budgeted funds, the Parks Department invested $60,000 into the courts at 143 Helen Street. Court Services Specialists, based out of Toronto, were contracted to complete the project. Features of the courts include:

  • Four tennis courts that can also be converted to eight pickleball courts;

  • Fiberglass playing courts with a rubberized blue paint;

  • Screening around the courts to diminish effects of wind; and

  • Lighting for evening play.

 

“These are really our courts of dreams”, commented Mike Audit, parks foreman. “Now that we’ve built them we really want to see them get used”.

 

How can you PORTicipate on the courts?

 

  • Available for public use from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Victoria Day to Labour Day, and 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. from Labour Day to Thanksgiving Day (weather permitting).

 

  • Join the Tennis Club Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday mornings from 9 – 11 a.m., which also provides access to the on-site clubhouse that includes washroom and shower facilities.

  • Active Camps Week 4 (July 22 – 26) and Week 8 (August 19 – 23) is “Sports at the Courts”. Participants will learn fundamental movement skills, and develop their physical literacy and spatial awareness through games and activities categorized as "Net and Wall". Participants will learn how to use different implements such as Tennis rackets, Pickleball paddles, and Badminton rackets and how those implements are used to send and receive objects in various games and Sports. This week will feature activities such as Tennis, Badminton, and Pickleball. Camps run daily from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for kids ages 4 – 13. For more information, or to register, call 905-835-2900 ext. 538 or email vhwcboxoffice@portcolborne.ca.

  • The court makeover has also provided residents and groups the ability to play Pickelball.

    Upcoming events through Performance Pickleball include:

    • Drill Sessions Saturdays in July (20, and 27) from 1 – 4 p.m.

    • Ladder League Wednesdays in July (17, 24, 31) from 2 – 4 p.m. Pre-registration required. All four dates $29; drop-in $5 per day).

    • Beginner Clinic Sunday, July 28 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Cost: $15

    • Doubles Workshop

      Sunday, July 28 from 1 – 3 p.m.

      Cost: $20

    • 3 X 3 Tournament Sunday, August 11 from 1 – 3 p.m. Cost: $10

 “We are excited about the new pickleball l courts in Port Colborne and even more excited about introducing the sport to anyone interested,” commented Jeff Rooney, IPTPA LEVEL II teaching professional, CPI member and coach.

 

For more information about Performance Pickleball, call 416-822-6481 or email performancepbcoach@gmail.com.

 

“From a late evening match between friends, organized leagues, summer camps, and tournaments our courts are open for play”, commented Bryan Theal, events and seasonal sports coordinator. Our current partnerships with the Tennis Club and Performance Pickleball are providing a lot of great opportunities for people to PORTicipate and be active while trying these sports.”

 

Looking for court availability?

Visit our OnlinePORT at www.portcolborne.ca

 

Looking to book a permit? Call 905-835-2900 ext. 535 or email bryantheal@portcolborne.ca

 

Court Rules & Regulations

  1. These courts are open to the public, on a first come first serve basis. Use West Side Tennis Courts at your own risk. Players must limit their playing time to 30 minutes when others are waiting.

  2. You can secure a reservation for the court in person, online, or by calling the City of Port Colborne, Community Services Department (fees apply).

  3. Please wait until play is finished before walking across a court to get to your court. Be prompt in sending back any stray balls from adjacent courts.

  4. Please close gate when entering and leaving.

  5. Do not leave empty tins, tin tops, plastic waste or other refuse on the courts.

  6. No alcohol, tobacco products, glass containers or illegal substances allowed.

  7. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian.

To report any problems or inappropriate activities taking place at the facility please call 905-835-2900 (daytime) or 905-835-5079 (evenings).

 
 
 

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