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By: Vancouver Public Tennis  09-12-2011
Keywords: indoor tennis

Park Board staff have recommended that somewhere in the Capital Plan for 2012-2014 funds be found to build a pilot project indoor tennis facility. We understand that this first venture into public indoor tennis is most likely to be a matter of covering, somewhere, existing outdoor courts. There are several sites which are, at this point, under consideration. Vanpubtennis will, in days to come, do a posting on each. New Brighton Park is first, for no compelling reason

New Brighton Park, down beyond the railway tracks below Hastings Park  is unusual among Vancouver’s Parks in being very obviously nestled in an industrial milieu. See below, .

Park Board may not be obliged to meet their usual, very costly, architectural standard of prettiness with any structure placed in this park. There are no residential neighbours, and an inexpensive building with a standing seam metal roof, of the type commonly used to cover tennis courts, will look right at home here.

Note the sign above the gate admonishing dog owners to pick up poop. Oh Park you REALLY think dog poop can be picked off asphalt tennis courts??????

editors note: If an indoor tennis facility were to be built here, it is tantalising to dream of eventually a covered pool, with fitness area, to complement the tennis venue. The facility could become a year round fitness centre – tennis, exercise room, sauna, whirlpool, pool. I’m becoming healthier just thinking about it. Vanpubtennis likes this one.

Downside? No public transportation access.

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