Well, hello there. We’re getting right into Spring Break around here and my family is starting to plan a few things. We have some Club Cr8 mornings booked with the Arts Station, a few playdates and now we’re thinking about swimming. I looked up the Fernie public swim schedule and it’s very similar to their regular schedule, Monday-Friday 6:30am – 1pm / 3pm-8pm and Saturday-Sunday 12pm-6pm.
The Sparwood pool, which I love, has opened a few extra public swim times, as well. They’re now open 1-3pm Monday to Thursday and then a free swim on Fridays 4-5:30. Saturdays 2-5, 6-8, Sundays 1-4:30. They also have evening swim times that starts at 6:30 and ends anywhere from 8-9. A bit of salt water swim is good for the soul.
While perusing The Free Press yesterday I noticed this little announcement in the City Of Sparwood section. It was titled Pickle-ball. What?! I mean, I don’t really like pickles, unless it’s on a hamburger, but balls, I kind of like balls. So, I read further. “Looking for something new and different to try? Pickle-ball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.” And I thought to myself “I love badminton, tennis and ping pong!” So, I read further. “Pickle-ball is played with two or four players using solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a polymer perforated ball over a net.”
I looked further in to this fusion sport and I found an official Pickle-ball website. On the website I found some information.
Pickle-ball® is played on a badminton-sized court: 20’ x 44.’ The ball is served diagonally (starting with the right-hand service-square), and points can only be scored by the side that serves.
Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickle-ball® can be played with singles or doubles.
Apparently, Pickle Ball equipment is now available at the front desk to be used in racquet ball courts at the Sparwood Leisure Centre.
The Fernie Aquatic Centre is a fantastic place to feel the burn of chlorine in your eyes, act like a 5 year old again and steam away all those aches and pains from acting like a 5 year old. Rod and I go once a week and we look forward to our swim outing, including the eye burning sensation. The Aquatic Centre features a 25 metre pool, 150 foot waterslide, steam room, hot tub and leisure pool. There are punch cards available for those who want to go frequently, once a week like us, or there are season passes which are perfect for those who want to go 5 days a week, like Bruno Frost. It’s also good know that there’s something called a Leisure Access Card available to anyone living within the City of Fernie boundaries. It’s not clear how you actually get a Leisure Access Card or where those boundaries are but if you can get one, you receive discounts on all the Fernie Leisure Services.
The Fernie Aquatic Centre also offers private party packages for all ages and group sizes.
We have also been at the tropical Henry Volkmann Memorial Leisure Centre in Sparwood, featuring a salt water pool, hot tub and sauna. There is also a mural that surrounds the pool that magically transports you into the jungle…and who wouldn’t want the opportunity to swim in the jungle without constantly looking over your shoulder for alligators!? I want that.
A Few Details:
Fernie Aquatic Centre: 250 Pine Ave
Henry Volkmann Memorial Leisure Centre: 367 Pine Ave (and Red Cedar Dr)