Supervisor Yvette Aguiar, left, Councilman Tim Hubbard, Marty Lyons of LandTekand Councilman Ken Rothwell at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated tennis/pickleball courts at South Jamesport Beach on Dec. 13. Photo: Alek Lewis

Town officials and pickleball players celebrated the resurfacing of the tennis/pickleball courts at South Jamesport Beach today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Whether it is tennis or pickleball, we look forward to seeing our residents back on the courts staying alive, active and working on their backhand,” said Supervisor Yvette Aguiar. 

Residents broke in the new courts by playing pickleball, a paddle ball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, according to the USA Pickleball Association. Its accessibility and ease of play makes it often popular among senior citizens. In 2013, Riverhead became the first town on Long Island to hold a pickleball tournament. The sport has become a popular sport organized by the Riverhead Recreation Department ever since.

“I am very happy for the residents in Jamesport to have their tennis and pickleball courts,” said Ray Coyne, the Superintendent of Recreation. It was a long time in the making and I hope they enjoy it.”

Town employees were also joined by Marty Lyons, the vice president of public relations marketing from the LandTek Group, which installed the courts.

Photo: Alek Lewis
Photo: Alek Lewis
Photo: Alek Lewis

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Alek Lewis is a lifelong Riverhead resident and a 2021 graduate of Stony Brook University’s School of Communication and Journalism. Previously, he served as news editor of Stony Brook’s student newspaper, The Statesman, and was a member of the campus’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Email: