August 15, 2019; Liverpool, NS: Volleyball players in the North Queens area can enjoy a game on the newly restored beach volleyball court in Caledonia beginning on Thursday, August 15, 2019. At the July 9, 2019 Region of Queens Municipality’s Regular Council meeting, Council approved a request to install a new beach volleyball court adjacent to the North Queens Aquatic Centre, where a beach volleyball court was built in 1997. The newly constructed court is now open, and ready for organized programs and recreational use.
“Council is pleased to provide funds to install a new beach volleyball court in Caledonia. Members of the community requested this municipal recreational space be developed, and with a recent resurgence of interest in the sport in the area, it will be a well-used site in the community,” said David Dagley, Mayor of Region of Queens Municipality. “The court will be usable for three seasons of play, and provide residents and visitors in Caledonia and area with another opportunity for outdoor recreation.”
The beach volleyball court was constructed to the guidelines and recommendations of Volleyball Canada. The minimum size of a beach volleyball court for triples, fours and sixes to compete is an area of 46 feet by 79 feet with a sand depth of 12 to 16 inches, and a permeable liner laid under the playing surface to prevent weeds growing within the playing surface. Approximately 180 tonnes of appropriate sand was required. Council approved funding of approximately $7,400 plus HST for the costs associated with the rebuilding of the court, funded from Region of Queens Gas Tax fund. A new net system was purchased by local residents who fundraised in the community for its purchase.
Although the beach volleyball court has just opened, there are already an assortment of activities planned. Members of the community have plans to run volleyball programs at the new court, and have tournaments planned as well. Twice a week in August and September, there will be organized pick-up games of volleyball for ages 14 and up, held on Wednesdays from 6 until 8 p.m. and Sundays from 2 until 5 p.m., beginning Sunday, August 18, 2019. A volleyball skills development clinic for ages 8 through 13 will be held on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. A 4 on 4 Recreational Volleyball Tournament for ages 14 and up will be held from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019; six teams may register to play. Another tournament is being planned for September, with the date to be announced. For information on the tournaments, pick-up volleyball games or the volleyball skills development clinic, please contact Sheila Apostolofski at 902-682-7222.
The beach volleyball court is located at 9708 Highway 8, Caledonia, NS, beside the North Queens Aquatic Centre.