Two Okotoks sports courts have had their hours reduced.

At their September 25 meeting, Okotoks town council voted to amend the Use of Open Spaces and Recreation Facilities Bylaw to reduce the hours of operation at the Hughes Park Courts and at Wilson Park's Bob Anderson Courts.

The change was done to address noise complaints tied to basketball and pickleball at the courts from nearby residents.

With the bylaw having been officially amended, Hughes Park will now be closed from 8:01 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. the following day.

The Bob Anderson Courts will also be closed from 8:01 p.m. until 9:00 a.m. the following day on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, and from 5:01 p.m. through to 9:00 a.m. the following day on Sunday and Friday.

After the amendment’s first reading, the town received two pieces of correspondence on the issue.

One was from Rob Burns, the resident who had originally brought a petition to council over the noise at the Bob Anderson courts.

Burns wrote that he’s pleased other pickleball options are being made available in town, and that council has been responsive to his concerns.

Another resident wrote to council asking them to reconsider the change in operation time for the Bob Anderson courts, saying they felt the change is “missing the
intended mark,” and that excessive noise is generated by league play when several groups of people are playing at once. They go on to express that Friday and Sunday nights aren’t typically busy for the Bob Anderson courts and that local families will be missing out on opportunities to play together.

The amended bylaw, along with the correspondence from residents, can be seen here.

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