On Monday, September 13th, Bloomfield Township unveiled brand new pickleball and tennis courts at Memorial Park. These new courts join several more throughout Essex County – Montclair alone is home to 13 pickleball courts.
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At Bloomfield Memorial Park, there are now two full-sized tennis courts, four pickleball courts, and a practice wall. The courts are made with post-tension concrete, which is stronger and more durable than traditional asphalt. This surface should get 20-30 years of use without cracking, Baristanet reported.
As far as how often locals can use the courts, there is a one-hour time consecutive limit. If there isn’t anyone waiting to use the courts, players may use them for up to 90 minutes.
The courts were paid for through community development block grants with the contract that totaled $411,955.
“In Bloomfield, we have made it a priority to expand our outdoor spaces and deliver the best parks in the county for our residents. These new courts are a continuation of that commitment, as they are state-of-the-art and are built to last for generations. None of this could have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Director Michael Sceurman as well as his entire staff. I look forward to Bloomfield families taking advantage of this space and enjoying all of the recreational opportunities that our town has to offer,” said Mayor Venezia.
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“Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in America. When designing these courts, I really wanted to make it possible for both tennis and pickleball to be played simultaneously. Our tennis courts at Pulaski Park and Clarks Pond South get a lot of play. Now our residents have the option to play pickleball as well! With the durability of the post-tensioned concrete construction, these courts will be here for current and future generations to play,” Michael Sceurman Director of Bloomfield Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs said in a statement.