Members of public voice displeasure with paddle court plans

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SEA GIRT — About 15 members of the public voiced their displeasure with the current paddle ball court plans for Crescent Park during the public comment portion of the Wednesday, Nov. 10 Sea Girt borough council meeting.

Resident of Sea Girt Susan Sharp said, “I run through this park, I walk through this park, I ride through this park. It’s been a little oasis for me and my family and we appreciate living in this town and having this green space and we talk about the Holly Club and the Beautification Club and I feel that we are taking two steps forward, but by putting a structure on this green space we are taking a major step back.”

Crescent Park now has three tennis/pickleball courts and one paddle court, and a history of racquet sports there dating back more than 100 years.

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The current plans, which are completely funded by the Sea Girt Recreation Trust, would see a second paddle court added to Crescent Park to accomodate a viewing area. The engineering costs for the project are also covered by the Sea Girt Recreation Trust.

According to Mike D’Altrui, Chairman of the Recreation Commission Board, the plan calls for the removal of approximately 10 trees for the new courtand will be replaced by at least 20 new tree plantings. The request in the design of the viewing area will now be to work around any existing trees in that area.

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