Summerland Badminton Membership acknowledged for heritage worth – Summerland Assessment

The Group of Summerland has been celebrating Heritage Week since 1987. An annual custom has been the popularity of a traditionally important constructing, web site and tree.

This 12 months, 2022 acknowledged heritage constructing is the Badminton Corridor. This Badminton Corridor will be the solely constructing in Canada devoted totally to badminton.

From the earliest data out there, the residents of Summerland loved a sport of tennis. In 1909 the Tennis Membership constructed the Garnet Valley Tennis Court docket. It was situated on Quinpool Highway between Garnet Valley Highway and Washington Avenue. Within the winter, it grew to become the Garnet Valley skating rink.

There will need to have been some expert tennis gamers in Summerland. In 1909 Summerland gained two tennis tournaments in Kelowna and Mission.

On July 20, 1911, the Garden Tennis Membership of Summerland grew to become a registered society in British Columbia; One of many first within the province. Badminton gamers have been a part of that membership.

Badminton was performed on the Faculty Gymnasium on Big’s Head Highway and inside Alison Corridor at Peach Orchard Park.

Within the early Nineteen Thirties, the membership was on the lookout for a brand new location. The membership approached James Ritchie, and on behalf of the membership, Muir Stuart bought the downtown property in 1934.

The authorized description of the property was DL 3640, Block 67. (Block numbers have been later adjusted.)

On November 1, 1934, the membership’s identify was modified to Summerland Athletic Membership, which included each tennis and badminton.

In line with tax data, the price of the brand new Badminton constructing was $3,975. Stuart was accountable for taxes for the primary two years. In 1937, two excessive wood tennis courts have been constructed on the south-west aspect of the brand new Badminton Corridor.

In 1962, the tennis courts have been relocated alongside the lake and people lands have been bought by the district of Summerland. The constructing has undergone some renovations over time. In 2009, with monetary assist from Penticton Badminton Membership, important enhancements have been made to the constructing.

This 12 months’s heritage tree is the maple timber of Ilo Kitson on Kirk Avenue in Trout Creek. Kitson is initially from Penticton and married her husband John in 1954.

John Kitson was employed on the Summerland Analysis Station and planted three maples on the west aspect of his waterfront property within the early Sixties. The three timber have change into massive specimens that in the first place look seem like a single tree. They show the attractive seasonal colour modifications typical of maples and are residence to many species of birds.

The 2022 number of heritage web site is the 1910 Baptist Church in Lowertown, now often called the Service Station. If funding is obtainable, the chosen heritage web site could also be thought-about for heritage indication.

The present homeowners, Karen Vacation and John Ashley, have extensively renovated and improved the constructing, whereas sustaining essential heritage parts of the constructing.

David Gregory is a historian of Summerland.

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Kitson maple timber have been named Summerland’s Heritage Bushes of 2022. (contribution)

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