Pickleball is Back!  (Well, sort of . . .)

    By Judi Mosley, 05/03/2020

    Some of you may have seen the news that Grass Valley is gradually opening its parks again.  The County has revised its stay home order to allow for more outdoor recreational activities, including pickleball, but there are strings attached.  The City has posted new signs at Memorial Park that outline the rules.  Pickleball is permitted by household groups only, and each group must stay at least six feet away from others.  Consequently, there will be no Club play until further notice.

    Unfortunately, pickleball has had a bit of bad press recently.  A letter to the editor of the Union noted that pickleballers were continuing to play at South Yuba in violation of the County order that was then in effect.  We have provided assurances to both the City and the County that it was not GVPC-sponsored play, and that the vast majority of our members are cooperating with the order.

    Now that we have a little more leeway, we need to show that we will act responsibly.  If there are problems at the courts, we can expect that they will be closed again.  We don't want a repeat of the southern California experience with the beaches opening ever so briefly, only to be closed again when people did not follow the social distancing guidelines.  If your household plays at Memorial, please follow the posted rules.

    Stay safe, and hope to see you again soon!

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    Memorial Park is CLOSED!

    By Judi Mosley, 03/16/2020

    Notice from the City of Grass Valley:

    EFFECTIVE DATE(S): March 16th until further notice

    The City of Grass Valley is closing all parks to help mitigate and slow the spread of COVID-19. Parks will be closed as of the morning of March 16th. City officials plan to reevaluate the situation on April 1st, 2020 and will provide an update at that time. List of parks affected: Memorial Park, Memorial Pool, Condon Park, Minnie Park, DeVere Mautino Park, Dow Alexander Park, Elisabeth Daniels Park, Glenn Jones Park, and Lyman Gilmore Turf Field.

    The City of Grass Valley’s top priority is the health and safety of this community and its citizens. This is a fluid situation, and we will continue to monitor it closely, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with state and county health departments. We understand the disappointment and inconvenience this may cause, but we believe the potential risks of inaction are too great to ignore.

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    URGENT: Indoor Play and Special Events canceled until the end of the month

    By Judi Mosley, 03/12/2020

    In order to reduce the risk of virus transmission we are canceling large GVPC gatherings through the end of the month.

    Indoor Play at the Veterans Hall and special events such as Dink 'N' Donuts and Clinics are canceled.  Outdoor Club play and Ladder play will continue for now. 

    Please check the Calendar for details.

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    New Rules for Memorial Park Court Usage during non-Club times

    By Judi Mosley, 02/18/2020

    The City of Grass Valley has approved a new rule to govern usage of the pickleball courts during non-Club times.  Instead of making people wait an hour to get on a court, the new rule is:

    If all courts are in use and other players are waiting, each group must rotate off after completion of a game.

    We are hopeful that the new rule will make it easier to manage congestion at the courts, especially as the warm weather brings out more players. Just rotate off after a game, get a drink of water, rest up a bit, and wait for the next open court. We are permitted (but not required) to put up our white board during non-Club times.  (Those who aren't Club members can use it too.)  Just be sure someone is responsible for putting it back and locking the box when you're done.

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    Notice about Vets Hall Indoor Play

    By Judi Mosley, 02/06/2020

    We've been experiencing some problems recently when young basketball players arrive at the Vets Hall before 3:00. (Veteran's Hall Indoor Play time is from noon to 3pm.)

    We are working with the County about the best way to avoid these problems.  (We may put up a sign, but we need permission to do so.) 

    In the meantime, you can politely ask people to stay off the courts until 3:00. 

    In addition, we need to do our part by making sure we vacate the courts in a timely manner.  That means that ALL PLAY STOPS AT 2:55 so that we can take down the nets and enable them to start basketball promptly at 3:00.

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