Kitchener-Waterloo

New, renovated volleyball courts in store for Waterloo region

Six beach volleyball courts at Emerald Lake Waterpark will be renovated to include drainage and Olympic quality sand. The North Dumfries Community Complex is also getting three new outdoor volleyball courts with similar features.

The Scorpions Youth Beach Volleyball Club is behind the two projects

Volleyball courts at Emerald Lake waterpark. (Submitted by Paul Langan)

New and renovated volleyball courts are coming to the region.

Six beach volleyball courts at Emerald Lake Waterpark will be renovated to include drainage and Olympic quality sand.

The North Dumfries Community Complex is also getting three new outdoor volleyball courts with similar features.

The Scorpions Youth Beach Volleyball Club is behind the projects, which are partially being funded by a $130,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Ayr project has also received a $15,000 donation from the Centre for the Community Group.

"We're doing it right. We're bringing in Olympic quality sand," said Paul Langan, president of the Scorpions. "Believe it or not sand isn't just sand. If you get the wrong kind of sand, it's a disaster. It's too light and it's too dusty."

Aerial view of volleyball courts at Emerald Lake waterpark. (Submitted by Paul Langan)

Langan said the courts in Ayr will be an asset to community that doesn't have outdoor courts. They will be for both adults and youth to use.

As for the courts at the waterpark, the group has been using 12 of its courts for the past seven years. It maintains and uses the facilities for youth tournaments that are open to the public and for the Scorpions Beach training programs. Six courts were renovated in 2020.               

Both projects are on hold until the province lifts its current restrictions on non-essential construction. Langan is hopeful that construction will be able to start in June and be completed by the end of the month. 

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