On Thursday, July 11, City Parks Foundation, Chase, and the U.S. Tennis Association held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the Wolfe’s Pond Park Tennis Courts in Staten Island. After the bayside courts were destroyed last fall by Hurricane Sandy, Chase, which has presented CityParks Tennis for over a decade, generously stepped in to help refurbish them. With additional support from CPF, the USTA, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the courts reopened just in time for the start of this summer’s free CityParks Tennis program.
Community members, local officials, and tennis legends Virginia Wade and Patrick McEnroe came out to take part in the exciting moment. CPF President Alison Tocci, Wade, and McEnroe each addressed the crowd and spoke about the many wonderful benefits that come with playing tennis, and the importance of making the sport accessible to young people.
After the ceremony, aspiring young tennis players who have participated in free lessons in Wolfe’s Pond Park in previous years, officially broke in the new courts. Wade, whose immense list of achievements includes a Wimbledon title, led the group in a clinic, sharing with them her professional tips and techniques.
The reopening of the Wolfe’s Pond courts will enable over 200 kids to participate in free CityParks Tennis lessons this summer, and thousands more in the years to come.
Read more about the reopening ceremony over at NY1.com.