City officials and pickleball players celebrated the resurfacing of the South Jamesport Beach tennis / pickleball courts today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Whether it’s tennis or pickleball, we can’t wait to see our residents back on the courts stay alive, active and working on their backhand,” said supervisor Yvette Aguiar.
Residents broke into the new courts playing pickleball, a paddleball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, according to the USA Pickleball Association. Its accessibility and ease of play often make it popular with seniors. In 2013, Riverhead became the first city on Long Island to host a pickleball tournament. The sport has since grown into a popular sport hosted by the Riverhead Recreation Department.
“I am very happy that the residents of Jamesport have their tennis and pickleball courts,” said Ray Coyne, the recreation superintendent. It took a long time to prepare and I hope they enjoy it.
City workers were also joined by Marty Lyons, the vice president of public relations marketing for the LandTek Group, which set up the courts.
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