New pickleball courts to open at Uptown Shopping Centre

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The courts are expected to open in July.

A brand new set of pickleball courts is opening in Saanich, as the sport continues to surge in popularity.

Two courts are expected to open at the Uptown Shopping Centre on July 5, depending on final construction and weather.

The courts will be located at the foot of Uptown Boulevard, towards the Browns Social House, according to Uptown general manager Kristy Lowes.

Pickleball players will be able to rent a court for $20 an hour, and booking will open up on a new webpage on the Uptown Shopping Centre website in late June.

“There is a need in the community for more recreation,” said Lowes. “Uptown is a great location for pickleball due to the vibrancy of what we’ve currently created.”

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Uptown isn’t the only shopping centre to open a pickleball court in the region.

In April, the Victoria Public Market opened up a pickleball court for rent.

Meanwhile, the region’s first dedicated pickleball facility, called the Victoria Pickleball Centre, opened at 2950 Westshore Parkway in Langford in April.

The popular sport has not been without its controversies on the Island, however.

In May, the District of North Saanich voted to close the outdoor pickleball courts at Wain Park entirely due to noise complaints.

Pickleball courts also nearly forced out the Eves of Destruction roller derby league from its practice space at the Archie Browning Sports Centre in Esquimalt, but fortunately a resolution was found after another space offered to help.

SEE ALSO: Paddles Up: Pickleballers use science to take up the fight against court closures

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