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Pickleball club makes most out of temporary indoor facility

After months of searching, the Peace Country Pickleball club has found a temporary home for the winter, at the Fort St. John curling rink. The group played at the Ma Murray school gym last winter, and would normally start indoor play in September.

After months of searching, the Peace Country Pickleball club has found a temporary home for the winter, at the Fort St. John curling rink.

The group played at the Ma Murray school gym last winter, and would normally start indoor play in September. But the club had to look for other options since the school district has closed the use of its facilities to the public due to the pandemic.

So when the curling rink's ice plant went down due to a mechanical failure last month, club president Robin Sipe saw an opportunity, and reached out to the curling club to inquire about using the cement pad until the plant was repaired and ice installed.

Things came together quickly, and following a Nov. 8 work bee to set up the courts, players have been enjoying the courts this week during the first two pickleball nights. 

"We are glad to have a place to play for a little bit," Sipe said. 

The group won't be at the curling rink for long — the curling club is expecting to have ice installed mid-December. A four to five week stop may not seem worth the effort to some, but local pickleball players wasted no time taking advantage of the situation, and all five courts were full on both nights this week.

Sipe knows the club will soonbe looking for space to play again, but is hopeful that the school district may open facilities to outside user groups use in the new year.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca.