To False Creek Tennis Club members:
May 19: Still no word at all from the City or Parks Board. The Community Centres remain closed. The City tennis courts are open for singles play, limited to 30 minutes total unless no one is waiting. (This is a change from historical court etiquette -- it used to be that the 30 minutes started when the waiting players arrived.) We do encourage people to use the public courts with their singles hitting partners (or doubles if you are comfortable with the health of your 4-some, though the City at present says same household only). On Wednesdays and Fridays and Sundays, we recommend that you find a hitting partner and go to our (future) club courts to hit.
May 9: Here are the guidelines for public tennis. These do not apply to Club play because of course we are not yet authorized to commence Club play. We continue to try to get a response from Parks Board about Club.
Players are encouraged to wash their hands and equipment often, and to stay home if they are unwell (particularly if they are exhibiting cold and flu-like symptoms).
May 8: We continue to monitor the situation with City courts, including regular attempts to contact the City, Parks Board and Community Centre. We see that nets are being replaced at some locations -- please, be our eyes on the street and let us know when courts are open for play! The City and our Club will need to have clearly defined protocols to meet physical distancing requirements and sanitizing requirements. In addition to the 7 items listed below, we at False Creek will also need to revise our "racquets down" method.
In the meantime, check out the Squad Locker link at the top right -- new item is FCTC face masks!
May 2: The City of Vancouver contacted Tennis BC for advice and guidance about re-opening courts. Tennis BC has developed a document (soon to be posted on their website)with recommendations. Each facility is working with its own municipality - for example, North Van is very close to reaching agreement with their municipal partners to allow access; Cowichan has had one court open for a few weeks; Shaughnessy opened this week; Hazelmere never closed; lots of variety!
We at False Creek are in a different position: the Parks Board operates our courts; they are the ones who have locked them up and, in some cases, removed the nets. So we will continue to liaise with Parks Board about when we might get access to the courts.
Some of the recommendations: 1. Do not change ends. 2. Have different in and out doors. 3. Every player brings their own sanitizer. 4. Every player brings their own can of balls, and those balls are used whenever that player is serving; balls are returned using racquets only - only the server ever touches their own tennis balls. 5. People waiting to play must maintain 2 m distancing. 6. no high 5s or hand shakes. 7. No one with any symptoms of cold or flu will be permitted on the courts.
April 28: The City and Parks Board are starting to re-open some recreational facilities (Golf, Gardens). As well, Tennis Canada and Tennis BC are promoting a return to courts, with recommended adjustments in place for safety and distancing. Your FCTC Executive will be on a conference call with Tennis BC on Thursday April 30 to discuss return-to-play parameters...stay tuned. Whatever the decisions, they will continue to evolve. And we will do our best to get back on the courts, safely. (PS Parkade courts are still scheduled to reopen June 30, but that date has not been updated in two months, and we do not know if work has been ongoing there)
March 2020 The City has now closed all public tennis courts indefinitely, which means we will not be starting our 2020 season in April. At this time, we are in a wait-and-see mode.
If we are able to start our tennis season later this summer, then we will at that time issue pro-rata membership fee refunds; or full refunds in the event of the season being fully cancelled.
Stay safe, everyone!
Your Tennis Executive (Ray, Dom, Amy, Karen, Cheryl)
Located close to downtown Vancouver, the False Creek Tennis Club is a recreational tennis club for adult tennis players of level 3.0 and above. Almost all Club play is doubles, with a singles ladder also available for non-club times.
Outdoor play runs from mid-April until late-September each year, with drop-in doubles games Sunday mornings and Wednesday and Friday evenings. In addition, various tennis tournaments and social activities are held throughout the year. Check out the events calendar for a complete schedule and event information.
The False Creek Tennis Club is affiliated with the False Creek Community Centre, and rents the tennis courts at the False Creek Community Centre on Granville Island (Sunday mornings) and on top of the Parkade at 600 Moberly Road (Wednesday and Friday evenings). NOTE: Until further notice, the Moberly Parkade courts are closed; the City plans to have these courts in play by July 2020. Until that time, our Wednesday evening tennis will be held at McBride Park, 3350 West 4th Avenue, and on Friday evenings we will be at Granville Park, 3001 Fir St.
New members are welcome; see the membership info page for details about becoming a member of the club.
Registration for the 2020 season is now open. Registration takes place, using the "MEMBERS" tab above.
New members will be asked to take part in an assessment to ensure their level is appropriate for club play.
The City has informed us that they aim to return the Moberly Parkade tennis courts to playing condition by July 1, 2020. Until then, our Wednesday evening play will be at McBride Park, 3350 West 4th Avenue, and our Friday evening play will be at Granville Park, 3001 Fir Street.
Use code FCTC10 when you arrange to have your racquet picked up and restrung and then delivered back to you.
march 2020 - Another longtime founding member has left us. Gerry Halpern was a very social person, with great stories and a welcoming smile for everyone. He was a leader of our club, and worked hard to get door prizes and to keep the fun in tennis. RIP Gerry.
February 2019 - With sadness, we learned of the passing of our longtime member Alex McKay. Alex was one of the founding members of our club, and was a talented player. He served as President, as BBQ Chef and as Social Convenor for many decades. RIP Alex. A Celebration of Life was held June 2.
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