Raising the Roof at the Vernon Pickleball Courts
It has taken months of planning, intensive fundraising, and hundreds of hours of sweat equity from volunteers, and now the roof is finally rising at the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex at Marshall Field.
Rennie Equipment Inc. is constructing the exterior of the building and the expectation is the outer shell will be complete by year end. In just this past week, six of the twelve roof trusses have been erected.
"This leaves the interior work which will use mostly member volunteer labor to complete and is expected to take most of the month of January," says Building Committee Member Myron Hocevar. "So we are now targeting February 1 for opening to both the membership and public."
This $1.4 million dollar enclosure project was financed primarily through the Vernon Pickleball Association (VPA) membership who committed $1.2 million towards it.
Once complete, the Okanagan Wealth Advisors Pickleball Complex will be the largest covered dedicated Pickleball complex in Canada. This first class facility will attract players from across the Province and across Canada. It will be able to not only accommodate the growing number of Pickleball players in Vernon, but the courts will also be a prime destination for future tournaments.
The structure will have 39,000 sq ft of fabric roof and 56 tons of steel in its frame, and at its peak is 55' high. It took 1,500 man hours to fabricate the steel trusses, cross pieces and bracing wire and 10 semi-trailer loads were needed to bring the materials to the site.