Will Pickleball Return this Spring? - April 21, 2020.
Spring is finally here! Thank goodness and usually, at this time of year, we turn our thoughts to opening up our outdoor Pickleball courts at Royal Gardens.
However, at this writing, we are not able to open up our courts and, in fact, the entire Pickleball court facility – all 10 courts – is locked up tight with new locks. And so, we wait.
Please know that EPC is not in complete control of when we can open our courts for play. We need to wait until Alberta Health Services and the City of Edmonton issue the timelines for the reopening of outdoor sports facilities like ball fields, soccer fields, Pickleball courts and tennis courts.
The minute we have information about opening up for Pickleball, we will let you know.
Our neighboring clubs are also not able to play yet. Parkland Pickleheads have been notified their courts shall be closed through to May 31. Strathcona County courts are closed until July 15.
Of course, these dates are “organic” and may change quickly but, in the meantime, we all wait.
My “guess”, which is “based on nothing but thin air”, is that we may be able to open in some form at some time in June.
When we do open, rest assured that it will be with very strict protocols in place and they will be mandated for all members who want to play. The health and safety of our members is, after all, at the heart of all the measures we will put in place. We are working on those protocols now and they will be consistent with the protocols recommended by Pickleball Canada.
For example, you can expect that there will be limited balls in play each day and that all balls will be disinfected between games. Our court schedule will be “organic” and will be built with a 30 minute changeover time between scheduled sessions. Hand washing and hand sanitizing between games will be required of all players.
And, if you are wondering about your 2020 membership fee, all I can say is it will depend on when we can open up for play. If we can open up in June, we will only miss one month of outdoor play and so I think it will be unlikely that we will make a fee adjustment. However, if the closure lingers on through the summer, that will be a different story and the EPC Board has already begun preliminary discussions about accommodations that might be made.
Please be patient with us. We all need to wait….
In the meantime, stay home and stay healthy. If you are feeling housebound, do your yard a favour and start your spring cleanup now. Clean those eaves troughs and gutters, paint that shed, build a new planter to grow your own tomatoes, learn to play the guitar – there’s lots to do at home and stay healthy for when we can start to play Pickleball outdoors again.
And here’s a nice perk for our members who are healthcare workers – a trusted source has told us that Honda is offering free oil changes to healthcare workers as a way they can say thank you. Check it out.
Keep those paddles up, folks!
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