Bayonne has unveiled new pickleball courts in the city at 16th Street Park, Mayor James Davis announced.
“It’s a pleasure to announce that Bayonne has a new pickleball court on the lower level of DiDomenico-16th Street Park,” Davis said in a statement.
Pickleball has been the fastest-growing sport in the United States in 2021 and 2022. It combines elements of tennis, ping pong, and badminton.
“Our Recreation Division and the Department of Public Works and Parks are always looking for new recreational opportunities for Bayonne,” Davis said. “In response to the growing popularity of pickleball, they have provided this new opportunity for Bayonne residents.”
The new pickleball courts measure 20 feet by 44 feet, the same size as a badminton court. The court includes a net, which is three feet high, and can accommodate singles or doubles games.
The pickleball courts were previously the southern tennis court area at the park. It was converted to pickleball courts when the city looked to add hard-surface volleyball courts to 16th Street Park.
There are volleyball courts at Collins Park, but they have sand floors. Now there are hard-floor courts as an alternative, as well as the new pickleball courts.
“These are the city’s first-ever pickleball courts, as well as our first-ever hard-surface volleyball courts,” Davis said. “We are excited to see our residents enjoying these beautiful facilities!”
Pickleball is played with paddles similar to the ones used for ping pong. The neon green ball in the game is light in weight, and is similar to a wiffleball.
Lessons offered at scheduled times
The Recreation Division is offering lessons with scheduled times on the court. Lessons will be offered twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays over a four-week period.
Lessons will begin on Tuesday, August 23. Eight participants will be allowed in each session. Sessions include: 6 to 7 p.m. for beginners; 7 to 8 p.m. for beginners; and 8 to 9 p.m. for intermediate and advanced players.
The Recreation Division will provide participants with T-shirts and the use of the Division’s paddles and balls. The lessons will be available only to Bayonne residents.
A certified instructor will be leading the lessons. Register online at: register.capturepoint.com/CityofBayonne.
“Bayonne is happy to participate in the growing pickleball movement,” Davis said. “I would like to thank Public Works Director Tom Cotter and Recreation Division Superintendent Pete Amadeo for their hard work on establishing the new pickleball court.”
Pickleball joins a variety of sports played in Bayonne, including baseball, basketball, cricket, football, rugby, soccer, tennis, volleyball, among others.
“Our Administration will continue looking for new recreational opportunities as we continue our program of renovating parks and playgrounds around Bayonne,” Davis concluded, noting he was proud of the work he has done on parks since being in office.
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