We are a registered non-profit society promoting the game of pickleball for all ages and abilities on the North Shore in British Columbia, Canada.
In just a few short years, our club and its members have introduced thousands of North Shore residents of all ages to pickleball. We’ve successfully lobbied for an increasing number of outdoor courts throughout the area, and indoor play times at several North and West Vancouver Recreation Centers.
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As a member you:
- Can participate in free organized club play at Murdo Frazer and Little Cates outdoor courts
- Receive notification of pickleball events
- Have access to updates about playing times and level of play
- Get membership in Pickleball BC and Pickleball Canada
- Have insurance for third-party liability and medical expenses coverage (through Pickleball Canada)
- Can vote at our AGM
- Can volunteer with NSPC (we’re fully volunteer-run)
- Help us promote pickleball on the North Shore and impact the growth process in our community
Come play with us!
North Shore Pickleball began with the vision of Lilly and Ed Orlovsky. They spent winters in Arizona where pickleball was the game of choice, and they quickly fell in love with it.
In 2007, Lilly and Ed lobbied Parkgate and West Vancouver Recreation centers for playing times. At Parkgate we played with three nets and hoped we would have enough players to fill the courts.
As people on the North Shore began to hear about pickleball, the game exploded.
Lilly and Ed successfully lobbied Braithwaite, Gleneagles and Delbrook for indoor gym time. They also persuaded West Vancouver Parks to create three dedicated pickleball courts at 29th Street, and to add pickleball lines to District tennis courts as they were resurfaced.
By 2014 Patty Tougas and friends were also drawing lines on the practice area at Little Cates in order to play pickleball.
Walter Knecht was asked to help and oversee the North Vancouver pickleball venues while Lilly and Ed continued to manage the West Vancouver venues.
Walter introduced Picklemania, a very successful one-day tournament for North Shore players at Parkgate until 2018, before going on to create and then become president of Pickleball BC.
Elected Executive Boards and Accomplishments
January 2017 – September 2017
Board: Walter Knecht (president), Silvia Simpson, Wendel Meyer (replaced Ann Hale in March 2017), Dennis Hoffman, Linda Sullivan and Pat Crawford
Accomplishments: Murdo Frazer Park: 5 courts officially painted/lined, 4 BYO net and one shared with tennis
October 2017 – April 2018
Board: Linda Sullivan (president), Allan Gauthier, Dennis Hoffman, Georgia Hunter, Charles Neufeldt, Pat Crawford, Patty Tougas
Accomplishments: Little Cates Park: 2 courts officially painted/lined on the practice court
May 2018 – April 2019
Board: Linda Sullivan (president), Allan Gauthier, Dale Harvey, Anne Watson, Larry Harper, Pat Crawford, Ed Orlovsky
Accomplishments: 29th St. Courts: West Vancouver’s first three dedicated and permanent courts are completed in October 2018
May 2019– April 2020
Board: Heather Fleming (president), Allan Gauthier (replaced Bruce Foskett in June), Dale Harvey, Anne Watson, Estha Parg Murenbeeld, Ron Precious, Larry Harper
Little Cates: NSPC petitions DNV Parks for 6 to 8 dedicated, permanent courts at Little Cates
Murdo Frazer: Five dedicated, permanent courts are opened in In October 2019
Schools Program: Vancouver Coastal Health grant is used to purchase 30 paddles and balls for a schools program where club volunteers introduce high school classes to pickleball
May 2020– April 2021
Board: Heather Fleming (president), Estha Parg Murenbeeld, Dale Harvey, Helen Martin, Shashi Shrivastava, Betty Eisenhauer, Karen Wilson and Oleh Ilnyckyj. Registrar (not board position): Allan Gauthier
Mahon Park: Four dedicated, permanent courts at Mahon Park open
Covid: Provincial Health Orders related to the Covid pandemic close public courts for several months. First AGM held online/by survey. Google Sheets used to manage permitted doubles play at Murdo Frazer when courts re-open before doubles play is prohibited by PHO.
May 2021– April 2022
Board: Estha Parg Murenbeeld (president), Betty Eisenhauer, Karen Wilson, Shashi Shrivastava, Randy Reimann, Kit Chan, JoAnn Harrington,
Lead Non-Elected Volunteers: Registrar = Allan Gauthier, Secretary = Aki Takeda; Youth Development Coordinator = Maggie Murch; NV Sports Council Rep = Heather Fleming; Intro to Pickleball Co-Ordinator = Heather Fleming; Court Maintenance = Dave Visiage; Facebook = Jill Anderson; Social Committee = Shashi Shrivastava
Covid: AGM again held online/by survey. Doubles play resumes in May
29th Street courts: locked at 6pm and WVD Parks announces that the courts will be moved to Ambleside in 2022. Advocacy results in four temporary courts at Normanby Park beginning 2022.
NSPC participated in negotiations mediated by the NV Sports Council to paint two pickleball courts on one tennis court at Little Cates. When NVTS withdrew its support in July, the DNV Mayor authorized new permanent pickleball courts to be built in place of tennis on courts 3 & 4.
Implementation of the Pickleball Canada registration website.
Round robin tournament was held in September at Murdo Frazer.
May 2022 – Dec 2022
Board: Estha Parg Murenbeeld (president), Karen Wilson, Randy Reimann, Kit Chan, JoAnn Harrington, Elvyna Kerrey,
Lead Non-Elected Volunteers: Registrar = Allan Gauthier; Secretary = Aki Takeda, Youth Development Coordinator = Maggie Murch ; NV Sports Council Rep = Heather Fleming; Website Updates = Lucinda Atwood; Intro to Pickleball Co-Ordinator = Heather Fleming; Court Maintenance = Dave Visiage; Facebook = Jill Anderson; Social Committee = Shashi Shrivastava
Regularly scheduled Evening Ladder play and afternoon Round Robins begin at the Murdo Frazer courts. Website updates. T-shirt sales.
Membership Year: This was changed at the AGM to January 1 to December 30 to coincide with the PCO and PBC membership year.
Schools Program: NSPC volunteers introduced 437 youth and 132 teachers to pickleball in May and June in our free school outreach program. NSPC sponsored Ridgeway School for the PBC grant of $500.
East of Seymour: Construction of four permanent courts at Little Cates Park and two at Myrtle Park to replace two lines-only courts in the East of Seymour neighbourhood.
West Vancouver: Advocacy for four permanent courts in Hugo Ray Park.