Association Releases Update on New Platform Tennis Courts

Ocean Pines Association is releasing an update on the platform tennis court project that is underway at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, located at 11443 Manklin Creek Road in Ocean Pines.

The site work to the platform tennis court project has been completed, according to Ocean Pines Facilities Manager Kevin Layfield. The Ocean Pines Public Works Department has laid the base. Paving is set to begin on Monday, Oct. 9.

During the next few weeks, crews with Total Platform Tennis, an Ohio-based platform tennis court construction company, will install two new cutting-edge platform tennis courts, scheduled for completion this fall.

“Now that the construction is moving right along, the Association’s marketing team is working closely with the Ocean Pines Platform Tennis Association to plan a ribbon cutting event,” said Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association. “Folks across the region will soon see why our sports complex is dubbed ‘Maryland’s Ultimate Racquet Destination’.”

Work on the two new platform tennis courts started in August 2017 with a site survey.

At a July 28 regular Board meeting, Board Director Doug Parks moved to accept the recommendation of Total Platform Tennis. Each Board member was in favor after Board Director Dave Stevens seconded the motion.

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.

Drop-in play, which is open to the public, is scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Times vary. Free introductory lessons are available by appointment by contacting Araceli Popen at aspopen@yahoo.com or 302-270-8118.

For more information about the Ocean Pines community, 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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