Members of the Arrowsmith Tennis Club push the snow off the Springwood tennis courts. (Michael Briones photo)

Members of the Arrowsmith Tennis Club push the snow off the Springwood tennis courts. (Michael Briones photo)

Arrowsmith Tennis Club members trade in racquets for snow shovels in Parksville

Parksville courts cleared off in hopes of resuming play

Arrowsmith Tennis Club members are itching to start playing again soon.

Club members showed up at Springwood tennis courts on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 30) bearing not tennis rackets, but snow shovels to take part in a court cleaning party.

They braved the freezing elements to clear off the snow. They pushed much of the white fluffy stuff into the forested area of the park.

Hans Laue, the club’s communication officer said it’s their way of making sure they can get back to playing sooner.

“We’re kind of tennis fanatics, I guess,” said Laue. “We want to play as soon as the rain clears it up early next year. If we clear the snow now, then the rain will do the rest and the courts will be dry and playable sooner. Otherwise we will have to wait forever.”

Laue said he was surprised to see a host of members turn up to help, which proves that they’re keen on playing as soon as it’s possible. Among the volunteers was John Laverge.

“I get it,” said Laverge, who didn’t mind the work. “I understand the idea behind it.”

The club has more than 150 members who play tennis year-round, depending on the weather. Both Springwood and Qualicum Beach tennis courts are used constantly. And members do everything they can to make the courts playable.

In the fall when the courts are littered with leaves and needles, members bring out their leaf blowers to clear them off the courts. When the courts are wet due to rain or morning dew, club members bring out the squeegees and rollers to dry them.

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In 2022, the club will look at building its own clubhouse near the Springwood courts. A clubhouse committee is being formed. The goal is to develop a clubhouse concept including design options, cost estimates and funding strategy.

The club is open to all players regardless of age and ability. Anyone interested can try out the club by playing with members twice for free. Introductory games can also be arranged. For more information, call membership director Debra Jensen at 778-968-0523 or email debragjensen@hotmail.com.

Membership offers drop-in play, round-robin mixers and other tournaments, social events, online reservations for some courts, a program for juniors and use of club equipment like a ball machine. The annual membership fees are $35 for adults, $20 for juniors and $70 for families.

Michael.Briones@pqbnews.com

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