Jim Aldridge and other pickleball enthusiasts see sunny days ahead as the City of Trail agreed to  designate an area of the Butler Park tennis courts for their exclusive use.

Jim Aldridge and other pickleball enthusiasts see sunny days ahead as the City of Trail agreed to designate an area of the Butler Park tennis courts for their exclusive use.

Local group gets court space

Trail pickleballers received some good news earlier this month as Trail City council agreed to give them some space.

Trail pickleballers received some good news earlier this month as Trail City council agreed to give them some space.

Council agreed to designate court one at Butler Park for pickleball use. The tennis court will be converted into four pickleball courts that can also be used for kids tennis.

Normally the process would have taken a year or more for the city to consider it at its annual recreation and budget meeting, but the pickleball user club expedited it by offering to raise money to pay for its conversion.

“We just said, ‘Well how about if we just take care of looking after raising the  money to put them in because it isn’t a big expense,’” said pickleball representative Wayne Kissick.

“The surface is there, all we have to do is get more posts and nets and repaint the lines.”

The club meets five days a week at the Cominco Gym during the winter, and will start fundraising to convert the court in early spring.

“It’s been a few years, it’s good to see that they (the City) will go that far and it’s up to us now to see what we can do to raise some funds and put it all together.”