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Letter: Whistler Racket Club provides social and sporting heartbeat

'This is a golden opportunity to cede Whistler with a world-class, multi-use recreational facility...'
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Spectators watch a pickleball tournament at the Whistler Racket Club in the summer of 2021.

The Whistler Tennis Association (WTA) held a celebration of tennis fundraiser event at the Whistler Racket Club (WRC) this past Saturday showcasing tennis in the community. An introduction to tennis was held in the morning for those new to the sport and a fun, nonetheless competitive, mixed doubles tournament was played in the afternoon followed by patio drinks.

Next week, the Sea to Sky Pickleball Club will host a Canada Day pickleball tournament with more than 200 participants. Kids Combo camps are also in full swing providing activities for kids and daycare for busy parents.

The WRC provides a social and sporting heartbeat to our community, yet the provisional plans for the new Northlands development contains no new racket facility. At the stroke of a planner’s pen, our much loved and used club disappears.

Community opinion, supported by more than 2,200 signatories on a petition started by the WTA, is asking those planners to go back to the drawing board and produce plans with either an on- or off-site facility.

This is a golden opportunity to cede Whistler with a world-class, multi-use recreational facility commensurate with the world-class resort that Whistler is.

The community is saying let’s not waste this opportunity.

Guy Darby // Whistler