Langara Tennis Group
We started out as an informal group of nineteen tennis players that played every morning at the Langara College courts 25 years ago. In 1995 the college decided to renovate these courts and charge a fee for its use to recover their investments. We then decided to use the public courts at 56th and Ontario but the courts were in deplorable condition. Courts 3 and 4 were unplayable due to roots invasion from the trees on the Langara Golf Course and the Parks Board deemed it unsafe to use and took the nets down. Courts 1 and 2 had large cracks and water seeping below the courts froze and creating large cracks on its surface. Grass eventually grew into these cracks. There was also grass invasion around the perimeter fence.
On March 27th, 2001 we drafted a petition and submitted this to the Vancouver Parks Board requesting that the courts be repaired/replaced. We received a positive reply back from them and the courts were replaced in 2002.
In the interim period we used the MacDonald Park Courts at 45th Ave and Sofia.
The courts were completed in the spring of 2003 and it was decided to form ourselves into a semi formal group taking on the name Langara Tennis Group and to collect a small fee of $10 per year to pay for the incidental maintenance of these courts. With this we purchased brooms, garbage cans, and rakes to keep the courts clean and two regulation tennis nets to replace the ones supplied by the Parks Board. The following year it was decided because some members brought ball and other did not to collect an additional $10 and provide balls from April to September instead of having individual members bring their own balls.
We have a membership of 70+ and we have in the past been able to request and
get the Parks Board to do the following:
* Pave the perimeter pathway around the courts. Dirt from the original dirt pathway was being tracked on to the courts.
* Have a do not litter and court numbering signs placed on the courts
* Had the original non standard nets replaced with official sanctioned nets.
* Cut down the large trees on the adjoining golf course in 2008. The leaves from these trees were making a mess of the courts in the fall.
* Getting the grass cut every year around the courts.
We are using these courts and playing on then like any other member of the public so we adhere strictly to the posted rules placed on the courts by the Vancouver Parks Board. We do not have a block time from the Vancouver Parks Board to use these courts.
If you are looking for fun tennis and daily exercise come and join us from sunrise to 11.00am every day unless it is snowing or raining. We host three tournament and dinners for our members each year.
If you would like to join us just show up on these courts any morning and have a chat with one of our members, or for more information contact us.