Newsletter of September 30, 2020
4030-117 Street, NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 2W5
September 30, 2020
Here are a few updates from the EPC Board.
As the 2020 season winds down, we can look back at all the turbulence that the EPC navigated and be very proud that, as a group of nearly 600, we played our sport and kept our fellow players safe and healthy.
The EPC Board made the decision in May that all play on the courts at Royal Gardens and Jasper Park would be independently monitored to ensure that the safety and health rules in the club’s Covid-19 playing policy were followed. The Board would like to recognize those members who volunteered their time and put in hundreds of hours of monitoring to make the 2020 season a success.
Thank you to:
Kathy Saul, Dan Saul, Mike Gray, Ken Hurshowy, Pat Martin, Glenn Vickers, Roxanne Garneau, Shelley Rolheiser, Jackie Fidler and Sylvia So.
And, if you see any of the volunteer members of the EPC Board in your travels in the coming weeks, please recognize all their hard work for the 2020 season.
Glenn Vickers, Richard Van Soest, Edna Stack, Adele Thomson, Don Law, Helen Thomson, Roxanne Garneau, Mike Gray, and Ran Newby.
Now that the outdoor season is nearly done, Mike Gray has done some research and developed a list of indoor playing opportunities for the 2020-21 fall/winter season. Thanks very much Mike.
Pickleball Indoor Play Facilities – Fall/Winter 2020-2021
Edmonton Public and Catholic Schools (various locations)
Edmonton schools are not open to the public now. This may change later in the fall or winter.
Edmonton Rec Centres (various locations)
All Pickleball courts must be booked online through “movelearnplay.edmonton.ca” or you can call 311 to book a court. Courts are booked for 75 minutes and are available Monday through Sunday depending on the Centre. The cost is $8.50 per booking per person and $7.25 for seniors.
Edmonton Senior Centres (various locations)
There are many locations throughout the city and each centre has its own schedule. The cost is about $4.00 or $5.00 to play. Contact the closest centre to you.
Game Time Indoor Playground and Sports (14846-112Ave – 780-452-3496)
This facility has 3 courts and you must book all 3 courts for a cost of $75.00 per hour, with a minimum of 2 hours. There is no drop-in play offered.
Leduc Rec Centre (4330 Black Gold Drive, Leduc 780-980-7120)
This facility has 4 courts available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM. There are 2 courts on Saturdays and Sundays from 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM. One person books the court and fills in the rest of the spots. Cost is $9.25 per person and $6.25 for seniors. Seniors at no charge from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Bookings through the Leduc Rec Centre.
The Edmonton Pickleball and Volleyball Centre (9455-45 Avenue – 587-499-0858)
This new facility opens November 1. Full schedules are not available, but they plan to have 17 courts and will be offering, round robin play, ladder play, and drop-in play. The 2-hour passes can be bought in groups of 1, 10, 25, 50 100. The passes range in cost from $8.06 (100 passes) to $11.06 (1 pass) if bought prior to opening. This price is a 10% discount from prices when the facility opens. Full details on their website at “evpcenter.com”.
The Paddle Room (#115, 25 Chisholm Avenue, St. Albert – 780-966-8511)
This facility has 2 courts and no drop-in play. Courts must be booked with a group.
Westmount Fitness Club (12840-109 Avenue – 780-451-9248)
This facility has 3 pickleball courts and offers play on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Cost is $7.00 per person. Register at “meetup.com”. You must register and not just drop-in. There will be more pickleball slots scheduled later in the fall.
YMCA (various locations)
The City YMCA’s are still closed.
Weather permitting, the courts at Royal Gardens will remain open until Sunday, October 11. Glenn Vickers will then be looking for a volunteer crew of about 8-10 people to take down the windscreens and the nets. This task only takes a couple of hours so please consider giving him a hand.
Our membership year runs from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year so, we are nearing the close of our 2020 membership year and, although the autumn weather seems spectacular, we know what lies ahead, don’t we?
Additionally, due to Covid-19, we are now unable to access indoor school gym space at which to run our club-based indoor programs. So, it may not make sense for new members to join us at this time.
However, we are an excellent, well respected pickleball club and we encourage everyone to renew their memberships or join us once we open our 2021 registrations. This will likely occur after our AGM in early December 2020.
The EPC Board
Pickleball Club is a registered non-profit organization in Alberta.