2000-04-29 / Sports

Plans To Renovate Handball Courts;

Tourney To Be Played In Rockaway

Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently announced that the Parks Department will renovate 1500 handball courts across New York City. Handball is one of New York City’s most popular playground sports. Parks is restoring and beautifying 500 handball courts across the city be the end of this year and 1500 courts total by the end of the three-year program.

"Handball is New York City’s quintessential playground sport, popular among both school children and adults," Mayor Giuliani said. "Each court should be in top condition and this initiative will renovate 75 percent of the city’s courts, making sure that they are ready for intense competition and great fun that they host. I would like to thank Commissioner Stern for making sure that no one is disappointed when they play."

Parks Commissioner Henry Stern said, "Handball is one of New York City’s most popular playground sports. It’s as New York as egg cream. To celebrate this, we will renovate most of the city’s courts and host the first ever city-sponsored handball tournament."

The tournament will be held in several locations, including at the handball courts on Beach 109 street. On Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18, participants will enter into four division of singles and doubles and compete for the citywide championship. Other sites will be West 5 street and Surf avenue, Brooklyn; Orchard Beach in the Bronx; Central Park’s North Meadow and Stanley Isaacs Park in Manhattan; and Mason Playground in Staten Island.

During the renovations, Park workers will remove excess paint from walls, and clear up cracks in the courts. Crews from each borough will bring every court back to its original state through power-washing, graffiti removal, and by filling expansion joints and cracks on the courts. Every wall surface will be smoothed and painted with new lines for the enjoyment of New York’s handball connoisseurs.

There are a total of 2,052 handball courts in New York City with 640 in Queens.

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