Beach volleyball courts temporarily spiked
A time-out has been called in a proposal to locate beach volleyball courts on the Sydney waterfront.
Deputy mayor Eldon MacDonald, who is also Cape Breton Regional Municipality councillor for the downtown Sydney area, said Tuesday the proposed project was blocked when the community member who was leading the charge on it unexpectedly moved from the area. She had taken the lead on seeking funding and partners for the initiative and had worked on similar projects in other areas.
“Right now it’s fair to say the project’s on hold. I don’t know if it will go forward,” MacDonald said Tuesday. “We would have been there to assist her with any in-kind support or support that we could provide, depending on how the project would be moving forward.”
MacDonald said the municipality is prepared to work with any other community member or group that may want to take the lead on the proposal.
“I’m sure our staff would be willing to at least consider that option,” MacDonald said.
He acknowledged it’s not something that would get on the ground this season.
Volleyball Nova Scotia approached the CBRM last year with the idea of putting an athlete training facility in the Sydney area.
The potential location for the courts is the grassy area between the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion and a site owned by developer Marty Chernin, currently being used as a parking lot and where he has proposed to build a mixed-use residential and commercial complex.
The location is not affected by a beer garden development under construction nearby by local businessman Danny Ellis.
It was hoped that having access to additional training facilities would get more Nova Scotians playing the sport. There are currently volleyball clubs on the island and school teams have also participated in the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation.
MacDonald said one local indoor volleyball group expressed enthusiasm for the proposal but he hasn’t spoken with anyone from that body since the project was shelved.
Volleyball Nova Scotia has close to 3,000 members across the province. In Cape Breton, the organization has roughly 400 players.
An official with Volleyball Nova Scotia has said the organization would like to have at least five courts on the waterfront.