After a long road, Oliver’s only racquet sports court has received a well-deserved facelift.
Oliver Sports Fields now has four pickleball courts, three newly refurbished tennis courts, new barriers and equipment, thanks in part to a successful application in 2020 to the Canadian Healthy Communities Initiative program for $42,567 and the work of local enthusiasts.
Local resident and sports enthusiast Janet Shaw formed a fundraising committee at the start of the project, and through fundraising and personal donations, funds raised by the community total just under $40,000.
The total project cost was estimated in 2020 at $140,000, but with price inflation for supplies, materials, and labor over the past 18 months, project costs are expected to increase by $140,000. about 20% to $170,000.
“The overwhelmingly positive feedback from our local players on the quality of the playing surface and facilities overall has been truly gratifying to hear,” said Parks and Recreation Manager Carol Sheridan.
“It’s taken a lot of effort from a lot of people to get to this point, so to see the courts in use and to know that this project will help grow these sports in this community is really good.”
While the new facility has been operational since the end of May, a grand official opening ceremony open to the entire community will be held at the courts on Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The tennis and pickleball clubs will host a round robin tournament for club members in the morning and provide early afternoon time for new players/new players to hit the courts.
Raffle tickets are sold for multiple prize pools for a grand draw at 1:00 p.m. and there will be BBQ burgers, smokies and drinks for purchase until 2:00 p.m. or while supplies last, with all proceeds being directly donated to the project.
Everyone is welcome, and anyone with further questions can contact Carol Sherida, Parks and Recreation Manager, at [email protected]