A bunch of pickleballers from all over our city wanted to come together to promote pickleball in Thunder Bay. And so the THUNDER BAY PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION was created 🙂 We hope to gather as many pickleballers as possible at the Tennis Centre at Chapples park Tuesday August 13 from 7pm on. Cost is $5. All levels are welcome. Equipment is available if you want to invite new people. Hope to see everyone there to show the city why pickleball is so amazing!
Call Julie McKenna for more information at 807 631 3260.
The city will be making some decisions in the near future regarding infrastructure that impacts pickleball. It’s important that our voice be heard, so …if you have not called, emailed, or mailed your councillor (as well as the councillors at large and the mayor) yet, this is the week to do it!
Let’s all take a little time and show our support for the future of pickleball in Thunder Bay!
To The Pickleball Players of Thunder Bay
If you are interested in seeing an indoor racquets sports facility in Thunder Bay in the near future it is VITAL that you email, call, text, and/or write to your ward councillor as well as the councillors at large and Mayor Mauro to voice your opinion in the week starting July 15th, 2019. City council is to vote on whether to add a permanent indoor court building to the proposed current 33 million dollar indoor turf facility at the meeting on July 22nd, 2019 at city hall at 6:30 p.m. Without our support it is likely the indoor turf facility will be approved with ought the indoor racquet facility.
Dear Councillor Fraser,
I am writing to thank City Council for its June 3, 2019 support in principle for the development of a new Multi Use Indoor Sports Facility, including the amendment for an indoor racquet sport facility as part of phase 1 of the project. I believe strongly in the important role that municipal government plays in ensuring that community members have access to safe, year-round, high-quality recreational facilities to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, regardless of age and ability.
The inclusion of an indoor racquet sport facility addresses concerns about Thunder Bay’s changing demographics, indicating a progressive increase in the older adult population. At the local level, both tennis and pickleball have been enjoying upward momentum within the past few years, with respect to overall number of senior participants and frequency of play. An indoor facility enabling older adults, along with children, youth and families, to continue to stay active year-round is a must for our Northern locality.
An indoor racquet sport facility will only enhance Thunder Bay’s ability to entice new families to settle in Thunder Bay, and will enable local tennis and pickleball organizations to host regional and provincial level tournaments, attracting participants, families and spectators from within the City and beyond.
I encourage and look forward to your continued support at the July 22, 2019 City Council meeting for ratification of the decision to proceed with the development of phase 1 of the new Multi Use Indoor Sports Facility, including the space for indoor racquet sports.
Neebing Ward resident
THUNDER BAY CITY COUNCIL CONTACT INFORMATION FROM CITY HALL WEBSITE
MAYOR Bill Mauro
Office: (807) 625-3600
COUNCILLOR (MCINTYRE WARD) Albert Aiello
Cell: (807) 629-7531
COUNCILLOR (NORTHWOOD) Shelby Ch’ng
Cell: (807) 708-1983
COUNCILLOR (CURRENT RIVER) Andrew Foulds
Residence: (807) 766-9914
COUNCILLOR (MCKELLAR) Brian Hamilton
Cell: (807) 251-2551
COUNCILLOR (NEEBING) Cody Fraser
Cell: (807) 633-3846
COUNCILLOR (RED RIVER) Brian McKinnon
Residence: (807) 767-3945
COUNCILLOR (WESTFORT) Kristen Oliver
Cell: (807) 627-2036
COUNCILLOR (AT LARGE) Aldo Ruberto
Cell: (807) 628-5547
COUNCILLOR(AT LARGE) eng You
Residence: (807) 768-0827
Cell: (807) 628-4305
COUNCILLOR (AT LARGE) Rebecca Johnson
Residence: (807) 577-2807
COUNCILLOR (AT LARGE)Mark Bentz
Cell: (807) 628-6910
COUNCILLOR (AT LARGE)Trevor Giertuga
Residence: (807) 683-8041
Cell: (807) 628-4790