Duffer hockey, quilting, Sk8 parking and...Pickle Ball? Ah, fall in the Golden City...

Rossland Recreation
By Rossland Recreation
October 18th, 2011

The Recreation Department has had a request to hunt down an Instructor and start a Pickle Ball recreation program.  Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court. The net is similar to a tennis net, but is mounted two inches lower. The game is played with a hard paddle and a polymer wiffle ball


Although pickleball appears to be very similar to tennis, there are key differences that make pickleball more accessible to a wider range of players, particularly children and seniors. Chief among these differences is the speed of the pickleball ball which typically moves at one-third of the average speed of a tennis ball. Equally important, however, is the size of the court which is just under one-third of the total area of a tennis court. This smaller area combined with the slower moving ball makes pickleball much easier to play than tennis.   If you’ve ever played the game or would like to see it active in Rossland, please contact our office, at 250-362-2327.  

Indoor Soccer at RSS starts next week on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:00pm in the Gym.  This is a fun soccer game for those who love to play.  Although this is advertised as an Adult program in the Recreation guide, if you’re a Teen and love to play soccer – please come out and have fun!  Make sure you have clean, indoor running shoes and a full water bottle.

Public skating at the Arena is on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:45pm, Fridays from 5:00-6:30pm, Sundays from 2:30-4:00pm and then again from 6:00-7:30pm.  The Sunday 2:30pm skate sometimes cancels as a result of Minor Hockey Tournaments.  Please check the website to confirm, or give the Recreation Department a call at 250-362-2327.  Skate rentals are available if you don’t have your own.  If you do own skates and you need them sharpened, the Arena Attendant would be happy to sharpen them.  

The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will be coming through Rossland on April 25, 2011.  Rossland will be celebrating this end of day stop on the relay with a celebration that recognizes local difference makers, raises awareness about accessibility, celebrates progress that has been made and inspires a new generation to take action.  Rossland is one of only 165 communities across Canada who has been invited to host an End of Day Celebration.  Rosslanders are invited to log on to the Rick Hansen website, www.rickhansenrelay.com and enter the contest to be a medal bearer in the relay.  You don’t have to travel far – just 250 metres! 

The final medal bearer in Rossland should be an individual who the community recognizes as someone who has made a difference in Rossland – someone who has inspired others through personal achievements or community activities.  If you would like to nominate someone or would like to sit on the committee to create our “End of Day Celebration”, please contact our office! 

Senior’s Duffer Hockey is off to a great start!  If you enjoy playing hockey and have Tuesday mornings available, come out to the Rossland Arena for a fun game of ice hockey.  This is an ice time set aside for players who are 50+ with varying skills.  Players are expected to play the game of hockey in the spirit of fellowship and sportsmanship.  All abilities are encouraged and welcome!  Play time is from 9:30 to 10:45am on Tuesdays at the Rossland Arena.  If you’re new to Rossland, enter the building from 2nd Ave, where you’ll find the change rooms and the washroom, immediately to your right. 

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (Canada) is coming to British Columbia! Chad and Deanne Lazaruk of the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew will be in New Denver for a free IMBA Trail Building School with the North Slocan Trails Society. Come out to meet the Crew, and network with other trail users in your area! You’ll learn the art and science of      sustainable trail building, and get hands-on instruction in the field.  All users and land managers are invited.  The workshop will be held on October 29th, 2011, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.  Participants should bring:  Water & snacks, work gloves and hat, sunscreen and/or bug spray, closed toe shoes or boots, long pants, and rain gear (if necessary).  To register, or to get more information, please contact IMBA Canada, at (519) 208 2820 or at www.imbacanada.com.

Rossland Quilt Guild is hosting “Every Quilt Tells a Story” on Saturday, October 22 from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday, October 23 from 10am – 3 pm. at the Miners Hall. Admission is by donation. Tea, coffee and sweets will be available. Door prizes and raffle baskets. Vendors will be at the hall. 

The Rossland SK8 PARK Design Planning meeting is happening November 3 at the Miners Hall at 7:15 PM. This is a great opportunity for you to provide your input on design.  Skaters and anyone else is invited to participate in this community planning session for the Rossland SK8 PARK. 


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