Beach Tennis USA helped with the installation of beach tennis courts at Beach 99 and Beach 102 Streets. A demonstration of the sport took place during the opening. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe officially declared the 2011 beach season open during a ceremony at Beach 97 Street last Friday morning. Concessions on Beach 86, 97 and 106 Streets and beach tennis courts are just some of the new things that greet visitors to Rockaway’s beaches this summer.
While Benepe, elected officials and guests hoped for a great season, they also urged swimmers to remember not to leave children alone in the water, not to mix alcohol or eating with swimming and not to swim when lifeguards are not on duty.
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe welcomes visitors to Beach 97 Street and the beginning of the 2011 beach season. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
Beach tennis anyone? Among those pictured are Congressman Anthony Weiner, concessionaire David Selig, Rockaway Parks administrator Jill Weber, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, Queens Parks Commissioner Dottie Lewandowski, Queens County Clerk Audrey Pheffer, Community Board 14 District Manager Jonathan Gaska, Meghan Gaska, Monsignor James Spengler of St. Rose of Lima Church and Councilman Eric Ulrich.
Councilman Eric Ulrich
Jonathan Gaska and his family are all smiles after daughter Meghan sang the Star Spangled Banner during the ceremony.