DARIEN, CT – Four new pickleball courts and a new basketball court at Cherry Lawn Park in Darien were officially unveiled to the public during a groundbreaking ceremony Sunday afternoon.
According to Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor Jami Gore, a single tennis court in the park has recently been transformed into four pickleball courts due to the sport’s growing popularity in the city.
In a press release Tuesday, Gore noted that pickleball has become one of the fastest growing recreational activities in Darien since the current coronavirus crisis began in March 2020.
As a result, the service saw a significant increase in the community’s desire for free play time and lessons offered through the Parks and Recreation program.
According to Gore, the project had been requested by a small group of residents in recent years.
“The city had a long-term plan to set up courts, but the sport quickly grew in popularity,” Gore said in an email. “The inhabitants decided to seek private funding with the support of the city and quickly succeeded. “
The project was completed less than a year after the fundraising efforts, Gore said.
A newly renovated basketball court was also officially unveiled on Sunday, during which several players and basketball enthusiasts came to enjoy games and freebies while celebrating the official opening of the field.
According to Gore, court renovations have been put at the top of the capital project agenda due, in part, to the coronavirus crisis and the need for more outdoor recreation in the city.
“Since its reopening, the court is once again bustling with pickup games and casual games for basketball fans of all ages,” Gore said in a press release.
First Selectman Jayme Stevenson noted last week that the town is always happy to provide new or improved amenities to residents of Darien.
“Cherry Lawn is a very popular park,” said Stevenson, “and these new grounds will serve people of all ages for years to come.”