The state of New York can now boast 23 new pickleball courts after recent inaugurations across seven Monroe County parks about 70 miles east of Rochester.
“Go Outside Munroe”
Four have opened near Sunnyside Lodge in North Chili’s Black Creek Park, with another four near Stewart Lodge on Douglas Road in Pittsford’s Mendon Ponds Park.
The court development formed part of the $16.6 million Go Outside Munroe initiative that aimed to update and improve Monroe’s 23-park network.
The featured image shows Phil Williamson of Brighton and Larry Harkins of Penfield on one side of the net, and Chris DiFrancesco of Rochester and Tom Burke of Brighton on the other. They are playing on a dedicated pickleball court in Ellison Park.
The other three courts are tennis courts with added lines for those who want to use it to play pickleball.
County Park Director Patrick Meredith said back in October last year: “While we already have courts in Churchville, Ontario Beach, Webster, Greece Canal, and Ellison Parks, demand for courts has skyrocketed,”
The Latest Amenities
County Executive Adam Bello says, “Pickleball has become increasingly popular in our area, and it’s important for us to modernize our parks with the latest amenities for people of all ages to enjoy.”
The Go Outside Monroe initiative has seen the county undertake various projects to enhance recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.
Ice Rink And Ski Lodge
Among the recent developments, a synthetic ice rink has been installed at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester, and the ski lodge at Northampton Park, situated between Ogden and Sweden, has undergone significant renovations.
Looking ahead, the county has further plans for improvements to its recreational facilities. The historic Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park is slated for renovation, preserving its heritage while enhancing its appeal to visitors, young and old alike.
Furthermore, in a bid to promote accessibility and inclusivity, the county will be constructing an ADA-accessible canoe/kayak launch at Churchville Park. This development aims to enable individuals with disabilities to enjoy water activities.
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