Tennis and pickleball courts will reopen in Vancouver this weekend.
In a statement, the Vancouver Park Board said the phased opening approach will see 53 courts in action across seven locations” begins on Saturday, May 9.
“We know many Vancouverites have been anxiously awaiting the time when they can return to our courts and we are extremely pleased to be able to safely reopen at our sites,” said Camil Dumont, Chair of the Vancouver Park Board.
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Dumont said staff “have been undertaking a thorough review of all facilities, services, and public spaces that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the goal of safely reopening.”
Courts at Kitsilano Beach and in Stanley, Queen Elizabeth, Strathcona, Trout Lake, Memorial South, and Champlain parks will be open to the public on Saturday morning.
The remaining 135 city courts will reopen throughout the week and the Park Board said all courts in the city will be open for play by Friday, May 15.
The Park Board has laid out several key rules to maintain health and safety at the courts including:
- Limit play to singles, or doubles play with partners from the same household
- Queue outside the courts and maintain 2 metres distance when courts are in use
- Do not share racquets or other equipment (for pickleball, bring your own net)
- Clearly mark your ball and refrain from picking up others’ tennis or pickleballs
- Casual game play only: no lessons or league play allowed
- Remain courteous and limit play time to 30 mins when others are waiting
- Leave the court when you are done
- Keep 2 metres apart at all times