North Shore Pickleball began with a vision of Lilly and Ed Orlovsky. They spent winters in Arizona where Pickleball was the game of choice. It wasn’t long before they became addicted to the game. In 2007, Lilly and Ed contacted Parkgate and West Vancouver Recreation centers and lobbied for playing times. In the very beginning 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 the game, it has exploded. Lilly and Ed continued to lobby for more times and we got Braithwaite, Gleneagles, and Delbrook. In addition, Lilly and Ed were able to get time on outdoor tennis courts and succeeded in having pickleball lines painted on a number of courts.
They solicited the help of Walter Knecht who became the overseer of all 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 held at Parkgate.
In 2017, North Shore Pickleball became a Club; now North Shore Pickleball Club has over 250 members able to play indoors six days a week year-round and every dry day outdoors in the summer. Our statistics indicate that over 3700 attended this outdoor play, with a daily average of 30 players from mid-May to early October!
Current Board of Directors
|Allan Gauthier||Vice President|
|Larry Harper||Communications and Website|
|Ed Orlovsky||Director at Large|