Belleville, ON

Tennis, Basketball & Pickleball Courts in & near Belleville, ON

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According to the City of Belleville’s Parkland and Recreation Master Plan (Phase 1) published April 5, 2021:

Tennis courts in Belleville

There are no public tennis courts in Belleville, ON.

Similar municipalities provide 1 tennis court per 5,000 residents, so based on the population of around 50,000, there should be 10 or so public tennis courts in the city. To live up to its Maclean’s “#4 community to live and work in” ranking, Belleville should add 10 tennis courts.

While there are no tennis courts in the municipal supply that are free for public access, comparable municipalities typically provide tennis courts at a standard of 1 tennis court per 5,000 residents

If the courts at the Quinte Tennis Club were to be included as part of the assessment (even though they are a membership-based facility), the existing standard would be 1 tennis court per 13,500 residents, which is relatively low.   

City of Belleville – Parkland and Recreation Master Plan

To play tennis all you need are 2 tennis racquets ($25 each from Canadian Tire) and a pack of tennis balls ($6 from CT), making it is one of the cheapest major sports to get started with after basketball and soccer. It is a safe sport (only baseball has fewer injuries) and a great way to get exercise – burning 400 to 1,000 calories an hour. 4,522,000 or 12% of Canadians played at least 4 times in 2018.

We used to have quite a few [courts]. If we want to play, we usually go to the school or church parking lot when nobody is there and just hit the ball around. It would be nice to have proper courts to play on again.

– Crystal A

Quinte Tennis Club – $125 per season

219 Dufferin Ave, Belleville, ON K8N 3X2

The private Quinte Tennis Club operates and maintains 4 Har-Tru clay outdoor courts costs $125 per season for an adult pass (25% more expensive than the Trenton Racquet Club) or $275 for a family (reduced in 2021 from previous years’ fees of $175 and $400). You have to book ahead – no drop-ins. On top of this, Out of Town Visitors and Guests of Members can pay a Guest Fee of $10 and can be used once per month to a maximum of 4 times per season.

They also offer additional services including a practice wall, ball machine, clubhouse, an online booking service, weekly leagues, round robins, social events and Club tournaments throughout the season. The land is leased to the Club by the City and the Club is overseen by a volunteer board.

They had 250 members in 2019 – an increase from the previous year so only 0.5% of Belleville residents have access to play on tennis courts.

Loyalist Sports Dome – $40 per hour

284 Wallbridge Loyalist Rd, Belleville, ON K8N 4Z2

It costs $40 per hour to play on one of the regulation sized courts.

Belleville YMCA – Removed

433 Victoria Ave, Belleville, ON K8N 2G1

The YMCA in Belleville was the most recent publicly playable court, but it was removed by the city in 2019.

I took tennis lessons at the Y for a few years, and wasted many summer afternoons playing tennis there. My Grandma used to watch from her balcony in the building beside it.

– Redditor PublicEnemaNumberTwo

New $22.5 million YMCA does not have courts planned

The new $22.5 million, 60,000 square-foot YMCA Centre for Life is planned for a six-acre parcel of land in the southwestern corner of the Belleville fairgrounds by 2025/2026. Federal and provincial governments will contribute $16.4 million, YMCA Canada $5.9 million and the City is Belleville is providing the land – more specifically trading it for the existing YMCA’s land on Victoria Avenue.

It will feature a climbing and ninja room, a universal area, two pools, an aerobics studio, a 4,500 square foot gymnasium, and there’s also going to be multi-purpose rooms and social spaces for adults with developmental disabilities.

Zwick’s Centennial Park – Removed

10 Bay Bridge Rd, Belleville, ON K8P 3P6

All that remains of what used to be 2 tennis courts are patched asphalt and a short fence.

Quinte Bay Gymnastics – Removed

14 Harder Dr, Belleville, ON K8P 1H2

All that remains of 4 tennis courts behind the Quinte Bay Gymnastics building are the asphalt and floodlights.

Behind the Avaya offices – Locked

250 Sidney St, Belleville, ON K8P 5L6

2 tennis courts with poles, nets and floodlights can be found next to a baseball diamond behind the parking lot next to the Avaya Canada offices. However, the gates are both padlocked.

Tennis courts near Belleville, ON

Paid tennis courts

Free tennis courts

The closest public courts are all a 15+ minute drive away:

Basketball courts in Belleville

There are no public outdoor basketball courts provided by the City of Belleville, ON.

Some local schools provide basketball nets on their properties for use by the community outside of school hours, however the size and quality vary significantly.

Comparable communities in Ontario typically target a provision standard of 1 basketball court per 800 youth (age 10-19).

Potential locations identified by interested citizens include Robin Jefferies Park, Brimley Court Greenspace, Haig Park, Foster Avenue Park, South Foster Park, Jane Forrester Park, Tom Gavey Alemite Park, or Zwicks Centennial Park.

City of Belleville – Parkland and Recreation Master Plan

Pickleball courts in Belleville

There are no outdoor pickleball courts in Belleville, ON. It is only played indoors at the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre (QSWC) and at local school gyms.

Pickleball is widely recognized as one of the fastest growing sport in North America. There are an estimated 60,000 pickleball players in Canada having grown from 6,000 players in 2011. With an aging population, interest in pickleball is anticipated to be strong and grow [over the coming years].

City of Belleville – Parkland and Recreation Master Plan

Indoor and outdoor facilities in Belleville, ON

Belleville has some great indoor facilities: aquatics, arenas and walking tracks (Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre) and outdoor facilities: splash pads, dog parks, baseball diamonds, soccer fields and the skateboard park that have high levels of satisfaction.

Areas with low satisfaction and higher priority for investment include adult, older adult and mixed age activities such as: community/youth/senior centres, indoor sports fields (batting cages, squash courts, gymnasium) as well as playgrounds and sports courts (basketball, pickleball, tennis). One solution to this, Multi-use sport court – pickleball and basketball or basketball and tennis.

Take action

Make your voice heard in a few clicks

The online survey of residents has already been completed (results here), but you can still contact your council members. Here is an example script, please edit it to reflect your own thoughts and opinions:

“Mayor and Councillors,

As a resident of Belleville I am very disappointed to find out that there are currently no public tennis, basketball or pickleball courts in the City – falling far short of the 1 tennis court per 5,000 residents and 1 basketball court per 800 youth that comparable municipalities have. [Add personal anecdote here: eg. I would personally like to have access to public tennis/basketball/pickleball and would expect to play at least several times per year.]

Belleville’s parks, waterfront and sports facilities are some of its best assets and I believe that to truly live up to its Maclean’s “#4 community to live and work in” ranking, it must address these deficiencies.

Commissioning the Parkland and Recreation Master Plan was a great first step and I understand the upcoming Phase 2 will include specific recommendations and an implementation plan.

As the next municipal election fast approaches, my concern is whether or not the plan will be meaningfully implemented. What actions will be taken before then to ensure the plan is implemented and that real changes are made?

In addition, as I missed the public engagement surveys, polls and community sessions – what is the best way to get involved and provide input going forward?

Thank you for hearing my concerns, I look forward to your response.

Regards,
Your Name

For any questions specific to the Parkland and Recreation Master Plan project, you can email PRMP@Belleville.ca.

Stay up-to-date

To keep up to date on the development, please visit the dedicated page for the City’s Master Plan and consider subscribing to the page to get an email notification when the page is updated:

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