Ocean Pines to Add Two New Platform Tennis Courts

Excitement grows as the Ocean Pines Association begins an expansion project at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex this week. A proposal of two additional platform tennis courts has been approved by the Board of Directors in Ocean Pines.

At a July 28 Regular Board Meeting, Board Director Doug Parks moved to accept the recommendation of Total Platform Tennis, an Ohio-based platform tennis court construction company. Each Board member was in favor after Board Director Dave Stevens seconded the motion.

Total Platform Tennis will construct and install two new courts at the sports complex, located at 11143 Manklin Creek Road, for $93,800.

In a Court Addition Estimate presentation, Facility Manager Kevin Layfield stated, “Site work, concrete piers and county permits are going to be completed by Ocean Pines Public Works.” He went on to say, “Total Platform Tennis can get us on the schedule to have courts completed within 6 months of signing the contract. The start date will be dependent upon completion of grade, pad and piers.” Site View

Platform tennis is an American racquet sport enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages. It is the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather. The game, which combines elements of tennis and racquetball, is played on a court about one-third the size of a tennis court surrounded by 12-foot fencing that allows play off the screens. 

A free clinic is offered every Saturday at noon followed by a free one-month trial period. Meet at the Manklin Meadows platform tennis courts to get started with an instructor and the necessary equipment. Seven drop-ins per week are also offered. Contact Jim Freeman at jimisfreeman@verizon.net or 215-704-4592 for more information.

Another benefit of a platform tennis membership is the option of playing timeless tennis. Those who are no longer comfortable playing on a regular-size tennis court are invited to try the sport, which is new to Ocean Pines and has already attracted a number of players. The game is played on the racquet complex’s platform tennis courts using tennis racquets and low-compression balls. The screens surrounding each of the courts help keep the balls within reach.

Drop-in play is scheduled every Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. and free introductory lessons are available by appointment by calling Araceli Popen at aspopen@yahoo.com or 302-270-8118.

For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.

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