Maplewood held a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday to celebrate the newly renovated platform tennis courts at Walter Park on Oakland Road, across from the Memorial Park playground. The courts represent a collaboration between the Maplewood Platform Tennis Teams, the Open Space Trust Fund, the Recreation Department, the Department of Public Works and the Township Committee.
“These will be the finest municipal platform tennis courts in New Jersey,” said Andrew Haines, Capt. of Maplewood Paddle.
Maplewood Platform Tennis consists of five men’s and two women’s teams. People involved in the project were:
Maplewood Platform Tennis: represented by Haines
Maplewood Recreation Department: Melissa Mancuso, Dir. of Recreation and Cultural Affairs
Maplewood Dept. of Public Works: Calvin Bell, Director
The Open Space Trust Fund: Tim Wolfinger and Rick Sorois
Maplewood Township Committee: Vic DeLuca, Nancy Adams, Frank McGehee, India Larrier and Greg Lembrich
Pictured at the ribbon cutting with Mayor DeLuca and Melissa Mancuso: from Maplewood Platform Tennis Team, Gordon Beck, Rick Beach, Andrew Haines, Bob Ehinger, Todd Cobbs, John Knapp. Behind DeLuca and Mancuso is David Dodge, Head of Field Operations for Total Platform Tennis.
Haines proposed the maintenance project to the township over the past year because the courts get a lot of play and had many problems with screens, structure and courts. “We identified Total Platform Tennis as the best vendor and the TC approved the request for a budget up to $35,000,” said Haines.
The general scope of the project included:
Painting the entire structure
New nets and posts
“Platform tennis is typically played at clubs that are expensive to join,” said Haines. “Maplewood provides an excellent municipal facility for all residents to use at no cost, and has invested in maintenance to ensure the courts will continue to support the growing platform tennis community.”