Popularity of Platform Tennis Soars Amid COVID-19

Michael Dinan - New Canaanite - Feb 10th 2021

By Michael Dinan |

Municipal officials say they’ve seen a steep increase this fall and winter in the number of people playing platform or “paddle” tennis on New Canaan’s town-owned courts at Waveny Park.

Revenues generated through selling permits and guest passes for the outdoor sport already have surpassed $70,000 for the paddle tennis season that started in early-October, compared to anticipated revenues of about $46,000, according to Recreation Director Steve Benko.

In the past two paddle seasons, which run through mid-April, the town has taken in a total of about $56,000 (fiscal year 2020) and $46,000 (fiscal year 2019) in revenues, Benko told members of the Board of Finance Park & Recreation Budget Subcommittee during a regular meeting Monday.

“Paddle is going crazy,” he said during the meeting, held via videoconference.

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The platform tennis courts and paddle hut at Waveny. Credit: Michael Dinan