After several months of being closed for renovations, the tennis court at Chubb Park warmly welcomes the public to come and play ball. Only now, users can choose to play tennis OR pickleball on the brand new smooth blue surfaces – one regulation tennis court and two dedicated courts designed for pickleball.
Pickleball is similar to tennis, but has its own equipment, rules and scoring system. According to the USA Pickleball Association, it is played with a paddle and plastic wiffle-like ball on a badminton-sized court. It combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong.
The project engineer was the firm of Keller and Kirkpatrick from Morris Plains, NJ. The contractor was Classic Turf Company from Woodbury, CT, a company that specializes in post-tension concrete construction. This type of construction is relatively new for public tennis courts and offers a 20 year warranty for the base court.
Chester Township Councilman Mike Inganamort, liaison to the Parks Committee, is pleased with the new courts. “We’re happy that this project was completed in time for summer and fall enjoyment, and are confident that the selection of post-tension concrete construction will ensure a long-lasting surface for the courts.”
Chester has a local pickleball group whose members meet regularly at the Grove Street Park courts, and now the Chubb Park courts. Member Steve Jones says, “It’s a great strategic game that keeps you sharp, provides good exercise and is a bit easier on the knees than tennis.”
Whether tennis is your game or you choose to try pickleball, enjoy the new Chubb Park courts safely; it’s a great way for all residents to remain active and promote fitness.