Michelle Guidone re-loads a pickleball pitching machine at the Beban Park tennis courts in March. Tennis and pickleball courts throughout the region are re-opening Thursday, May 14. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Michelle Guidone re-loads a pickleball pitching machine at the Beban Park tennis courts in March. Tennis and pickleball courts throughout the region are re-opening Thursday, May 14. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Pickleball and tennis courts re-opening in and around Nanaimo

Racquet sport courts, off-leash dog parks, Steve Smith Bike Park re-opening Thursday, May 14

Sporting opportunities are being served up again after weeks of physical distancing.

The City of Nanaimo and Regional District of Nanaimo announced Wednesday that select outdoor recreation amenities will re-open Thursday, May 14.

In Nanaimo, tennis and pickleball courts will re-open, as well as gated off-leash dog parks and the Steve Smith Bike Park. Throughout the RDN, sports courts will re-open May 14 and the Cedar Skate Park will re-open May 21. In both the city and regional district, tennis and pickleball courts are open to singles play only, except when doubles teams are made up of partners from the same household.

The city and regional district both shared additional guidelines, reminding residents to adhere to physical distancing, wash hands before and after visiting the park and avoiding sharing equipment, water bottles and other items.

Art Groot, city director of facility and parks operations, said in a press release that the city is pleased to be able to re-open several outdoor amenities.

“Because of the community’s commitment to following the physical distancing measures outlined by the provincial health officer, we are now able to begin Phase 1 of our re-opening plan,” he said. “We want to encourage the citizens of Nanaimo to follow the posted guidelines at each facility so that these areas remain open and that other amenities, in time, can also re-open.”

Nanaimo’s municipal playgrounds will remain closed until further notice. The city will consult with the B.C. Recreation and Parks Association and B.C. Ministry of Health for re-opening guidelines.

“No date at this point to re-open playgrounds until guidelines [are] developed and approved,” said Richard Harding, city general manager of parks, recreation and culture, in an e-mail.

READ ALSO: Provincial parks in and around Nanaimo will re-open in time for the long weekend

READ ALSO: Stay informed about COVID-19


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the legislature, Jan. 11, 2021. (B.C. government)
Vancouver Island smashes COVID-19 high: 47 new cases in a day

Blowing past previous records, Vancouver Island is not matching B.C.s downward trend

Environment Canada is forecasting snow for the east Vancouver Island region the weekend of Jan. 23. (Black Press file)
Up to 15 cm of snow forecast for Nanaimo area this weekend

Snow to begin Saturday night, according to Environment Canada

Nanaimo City Hall. (News Bulletin file photo)
City of Nanaimo councillors like new sustainable buying policy

Finance and audit committee recommends council approve new procurement policy

Action at the Nanaimo Curling Centre. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo sports organizations qualify for COVID-19 relief funding

Province announces support for curling, rowing, gymastics, softball, rugby, squash, football clubs

FOI records provided to the News Bulletin from the City of Nanaimo in 2018. (News Bulletin file photo)
Samra’s numerous FOI requests to City of Nanaimo aren’t ‘vexatious,’ privacy commissioner decides

Former CAO says records will assist her in a future B.C. Human Rights Tribunal hearing

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

The cost of potentially counting deer regionwide was among the issues that prompted Capital Regional District committee members to vote against pursuing a greater CRD role in deer management. (Black Press Media file photo)
Expanded deer management a non-starter for Greater Victoria

Capital Regional District committee maintains current level of support

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Jan. 21 marks the 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century, according to some. (Black Press Media file photo)
The 21st day of the 21st year of the 21st century is upon us

Milestone won’t be back for another 100 years

Darlene Curylo scratched a $3M ticket, BCLC’s largest ever scratch and win prize. (BCLC)
Kelowna woman in shock after winning BCLC’s largest-ever instant-ticket prize

Darlene Curylo couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the amount of money she’d won from a scratch ticket

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Aquaculture employee from Vancouver Island, Michelle, poses with a comment that she received on social media. Facebook group Women in Canadian Salmon Farming started an online campaign #enoughisenough to highlight the harassment they were facing online after debates about Discovery Islands fish farms intensified on social media. (Submitted photo)
Female aquaculture employees report online bullying, say divisive debate has turned sexist

Vancouver Island’s female aquaculture employees start #enoughisenough to address misogynistic comments aimed at them

Mowi Canada West’s Sheep Pass salmon farm, the company’s final B.C. operation to receive certification from the Aquaculture Steward Council. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is questioning a government decision to phase out salmon farms in the Discovery Islands. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada West)
Canadian Federation of Agriculture backs B.C. salmon farmers

Letter to prime minister calls for federal “champion” for aquaculture growth

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Most Read