New Motions of the North Vancouver Tennis Society:

The following motions were passed unanimously at this meeting:

  1. To oppose “Multi-lining” of tennis courts on the North Shore for Pickleball or any other sport.
  2. To oppose any signage on any tennis court on the North Shore which suggests that use of a “paddle” or other type of Non-Tennis Racket is permissible on that court.
  3. To support the North Shore Pickleball Club in their pursuit of dedicated pickleball facilities, without taking away from tennis or any other sport.

Little Cates Court # 3 Tennis Sit-In Friday July 2nd at 11:00 a.m.

For some time, NVTS has been attempting to find a “workable compromise” to Pickleball’s shortage of courts and in principle the former Board was reluctantly prepared to agree to a temporary 2 year multi-lining of Court 3 at Little Cates.  This was predicated on there being clear agreement with DNV and Pickleball that the arrangement would only subsist for the two year period (after which the multi-lines would be removed and the tennis court restored for dedicated tennis use), that appropriate signage reflecting this was placed at the court entrance, and that agreements were reached on the positioning of the new lines and for the “sharing” of the court ie re times and days of the week.  I am sorry to report that after a protracted effort, the current Board is now of the firm view that we do not have the necessary details of such an agreement in place to proceed with multi-lining at this time.  The District of North Vancouver is now about to proceed with the multi-lining of Court # 3, in the absence of any agreement with NVTS.  We disagree with their planned line placements and they have not committed to any signage nor committed to signage that that the arrangement is temporary.

This proposed multi-lining, we have now made clear to DNV, will  have to be implemented over the strong objections of the North Vancouver Tennis Society.  We oppose taking away well-used purpose-built facilities for Tennis for user groups that bring intense visitation, congestion, vehicles and more noise to the community.   Remember Pickleball’s stated objective is to multi-line ALL Tennis Courts on the North Shore !!

As our well-meaning attempts to facilitate a temporary short term measure that Tennis could support have failed to reach a tenable agreement, we need your help to demonstrate to our elected councillors and DNV staff how strongly tennis players (and local residents who will be adversely affected) feel about this situation!!!   Please join us to have your voice heard.  Bring a Mask !!  Bring your Tennis Racket!!   Bring a New MemberSee attached Membership Form !! The plan is to play some Tennis starting at 8:30 a.m. on Courts 1, 2 and 4 and then an 11:00 a.m. Mass Protest Photo Opp and Press Release!  We anticipate the local media will be present to cover the 11am Protest.

What Else Can I Do to Prevent Loss of Tennis Courts?

  • Write Mayor and Council (See Below).   Say no to Multi-Lining Tennis Courts for Pickleball and the congestion, confusion, conflict, noise and parking issues that will result from an intense use of a facility not designed for that use !!  Say yes to preserving our much loved, established Dedicated Facilities for Tennis.  Ask for returning any mutli-lined courts to Tennis. Ask for new tennis facilities to meet demand. Ask for replacing tennis courts lost to redevelopment.
  • Volunteer to Drop Mailers around Tennis Courts. Pickleball wants ALL Tennis Courts Multi-lined. Stop that by  informing all residents around tennis courts of the consequences in terms of noise and congestion, and that North Vancouver Tennis Society is opposed to this. Drop our mailer to them.
  • Sign Members Up.    North Vancouver Tennis Society needs to grow to be the 5,000 people that love tennis and want to keep our facilities great !!!   Email them our Membership form and cc northvantennis@gmail.com

Writing Mayor and Council

Please email the District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver to let them know that you oppose multi-lining tennis courts for pickleball… Say no to Multi-Lining Tennis Courts for Pickleball and the congestion, confusion, conflict, noise and parking issues that will result from an intense use of a facility not designed for that use !!  Say yes to Dedicated Facilities for Tennis.  Ask for returning mutli-lined courts to Tennis. Ask for new tennis facilities to meet demand. Ask for replacing tennis courts lost to redevelopment.   Ask them to find dedicated facilities for Pickleball without taking from Tennis !! Lost a Tennis Court to development?  Let them know you want a  replacement !  Now more then ever, all tennis players on the North Shore must come together with a strong voice to tell our elected officials – please don’t take away tennis courts from us through development or multi-lining to pickleball!  They are making decisions without your voice.  Multi-lining is bad for both tennis and pickleball.  Ask them to Find Dedicated Facilities for pickleball and return multi-lined facilities back to tennis!   Have the best dedicated facilities for both sports in the North Shore.  We encourage you to write Mayor and Council with copy to us at northvantennis@gmail.com !!

Contacting the Media

The initial focus should be the local media eg write a letter to the North Shore News.  We expect wider media coverage to follow across the Lower Mainland and the Province as tennis players everywhere realise that similar threats are coming which imperil their local courts.

Needs Assessment Report for Tennis

NVTS’s Needs Assessment Report for Tennis is currently underway for tennis facilities. We will be circulating a draft to membership for feedback prior to getting this to the North Vancouver Sport Council who sends it to the City and District of North Vancouver.   Have thoughts on conditions and needs?  Have specific knowledge on improvements needed on your local court relating to parking, signage, landscaping, court surfaces, net or line deficiencies or lack of amenities?    Email us your thoughts to northvantennis@gmail.com