Staff recommend Sidney postpone design and community consultations around pickleball courts – Vancouver Island Free Daily

Sidney staff recommends that the municipality postpone pickleball court design and community engagement until Saanich has completed his test of acoustic panels designed to muffle sports noise.

The recommendation follows Saanich’s new guidelines governing court placement after noise issues resulting from the increasingly popular sport led to disputes with residents. The noise of the yard has sparked considerable controversy in the North Saanich Peninsula Municipality.

Jenn Clary, director of engineering for Sidney, said selecting a pickleball court has become increasingly difficult as Sidney is a compact community with homes close to park spaces. “Applied to potential pickleball locations in Sidney, the (de Saanich) guidelines suggest that none of the locations currently under consideration (Tulista, Brethour and Iroquois Park) would be suitable for pickleball courts without an investment in environmental measures. sound attenuation, which could reduce but not eliminate noise pollution.

Saanich’s guidelines prohibit the development of pickleball courts within 50 yards of neighboring houses, unless a major noise abatement device is installed. Courts located less than 50 meters and 110 meters from residences would require some mitigation measures, while courts located within 152 meters and 182 meters from residences or other sensitive areas would be subject to professional reviews. acoustics when selecting the site.

Looking at the three possible locations, the potential pickleball courts next to the tennis courts in Iroquois Park would be within 30 yards to 40 yards from the residences, the courts next to the skate park at Tulista Park would be within 50 yards at 60 yards, while the courts at Brethour Park would be within 60 to 70 yards.

“According to Saanich’s pickleball guidelines, only courts located 152 meters or more away from homes can potentially avoid the need for noise abatement measures,” Clary said. “None of the Sydney city parks are far enough from residential properties to meet this distance.

Clary said the Saanich guidelines present new information, which has left the municipality with no clear path to begin community engagement on potential new pickleball fields. Therefore, staff recommend that Sidney wait until the end of Saanich’s trial.

Staff also recommend that council ask the Peninsula Recreation Commission to explore options to create an indoor pickleball facility at the Greenglade Community Center or Panorama Recreation Center, which has sufficient space for a field.

Staff recommendation to postpone design and community engagement around pickleball fields comes almost exactly a year ago, with council asking staff to come up with a budget for community consultations and the design of park equipment, including including six pickleball courts. Council then asked the Saanich Peninsula Pickleball Association to recommend ways to minimize the community impacts of pickleball fields. The association then responded by identifying four possible options in three locations as well as possible mitigation measures, with one of the four options not including any mitigation.

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