If you Google pool halls in Squamish, you're directed to Vancouver. One Squamish resident is out to turn that aroound.
“I've been looking into it,” said Tom Green, who's of no relation to the famous Canadian actor. “There is certainly a market for it.”
Green has played billiards all his life. He's had his own tables and plays at the ones at the Squamish Valley Golf Club. When it comes to billiards, Squamish has got talent, Green said. It's something he wants to see return and encouraged for the community's next generation.
“There is a whole new generation of billiard players ready to come up,” he said. “With Quest University, there are a lot of pool players there.”
His interest in getting a billiards facility up and running wasn't triggered by the closing of Squamish's only movie theatre last summer, Green said. It was simply a desire backed by his love of the game, he said. Now, Green's on the hunt for a location and talking with possible interested parties in Vancouver.
Pool halls in Squamish have come and gone, long-time Squamish resident and history buff Eric Andersen said. The first one was run by Bob and Ida Ryan, who opened it on Cleveland Avenue in the early '70s. It was called Ryan's Cycle Centre and Billiard Hall.
“It was a big hangout and I never told my mum and dad it was where I hung out,” he said, adding it was an important place for youth.
The pool hall was accompanied by a bicycle shop, the only one in town, Andersen noted. It then moved to Valleycliffe before closing in the early '80s, Andersen said.
During that time, more actives started to pop up for Squamish youth, Andersen said, noting that the ribbon was cut for Brennan Park Recreation Centre in that time period. Squamish's youth centre followed in the 1990s.