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New Pickleball courts in Côte Saint-Luc to be inaugurated on Tuesday, July 15, 2023

The City of Côte Saint-Luc is officially unveiling its new Pickleball Courts at the Sports Annex of Pierre Elliott Trudeau Park (6975 Mackle Rd.) on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, at 9:30am.

There are five pickleball courts at the Sports Annex. The facility is open daily from 8am to 10pm until October. Players can reserve a court up to 7 days ahead by calling 514-485-6806 ext. 9204. Cost is $5 per person, per session, or free with the Fun Card. Payment by Interac or credit card is accepted on site. More information available at cotesaintluc.org/places/annex.

Pickleball is a rapidly growing sport that uniquely combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. Players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a whiffle ball, over a net. It’s typically played on a badminton-sized court with specific pickleball rules. The game can be played as singles or doubles and is known for its fast-paced, yet accessible gameplay. While pickleball shares a lot of similarities with tennis and badminton, it differs in terms of service rules and scoring. One of the distinguishing features is the “no-volley zone”, also known as “the kitchen”, preventing players from smashing the ball at close proximity. Its rules are easy to learn which makes it a popular sport for all ages. Pickleball offers an excellent mix of physical activity, strategic play, and social interaction, making it a hit across generations.

The Pickleball courts Côte Saint-Luc were the first in Canada to use PickleRoll, a temporary, semi-permanent surface that was be rolled out in summer and stored in winter—enabling us to use the Sports Annex for Pickleball in summer and ice hockey in winter.

“The Annex has is well used during the winter months for outdoor hockey. We wanted to add a popular summertime sport that would draw more users to the building. We heard from many residents who wanted a place to play Pickleball. We delivered one of the best courts on the island of Montreal, thanks in part to the PickleRoll surface, which can be installed for the season and then removed.” – Mayor Mitchell Brownstein

“We sought out resident input from those pickleball enthusiasts in our community to create this new facility. This was the first year bring Pickleball to the community and in year 2, we plan on refurbishing the Annex structure. We hope residents get a taste for pickleball this summer, and then join us again in 2024.” – Councillor Andee Shuster, council member responsible for sports and recreation