One year after the addition of the city’s first pétanque court to a popular Downtown greenspace, support for the diversification of outdoor recreation options in Brandon continues with the upcoming conversion of Stanley Park’s tennis courts to space for a racquet sport of a different kind in the days ahead.
The City of Brandon shared on Friday afternoon that beginning next week the park’s two tennis courts will be closed and renovated into pickleball courts as it moves to meet demand for the game amongst residents.
In comparison to tennis, pickleball is played with a smaller paddle rather than a racquet and a smaller and lighter ball that doesn’t bounce as high as a tennis ball.
The city’s Recreation and Community Facilities Master Plan identified the growth of the sport amongst older adults and seniors when it was released last year. The game, regarded as one of the fastest-growing in North America, has largely been played indoors locally with the Stanley Park tennis courts having been marked for the sport and used at times for outdoor play. With pickleball courts being meaningfully smaller than tennis, the renovation will allow a full complement of six new courts to be created in the space compared to the current two tennis surfaces.
The current Stanley Park tennis courts
Posted pickleball rules in advance of the upcoming renovation
The Westman Recreational Pickleball Club has organized weekly play for beginners and non-competitive players at the current courts, an initiative that it goes without saying will have further opportunity for growth after the upcoming upgrades.
Brandon continues to have tennis options including the Rec Centre as well as Queen Elizabeth Park, with the former set to be on the receiving end of a re-surface later this summer. Plans for further development of playing surfaces is noted in the Recreation Master Plan, which lists opportunity for future development of new courts marked for both sports at Sir Winston Churchill Park off of Braecrest Drive.
The newly renovated Stanley Park courts are expected to be ready for use in mid-August.