PADDLE & PICKLEBALL LAND ON FISHERS
The Fishers Island Community Center is pleased to announce that after more than 7 years of tireless effort, we now have secured land for the development of a paddle tennis/pickleball facility adjacent to the Community Center. The property is an ideal site for the project and will allow for much-needed storage as well as a year-round housing opportunity.
Completing Phase 1
- The courts will enhance the Community Center’s programs by adding paddle tennis recreation and increasing pickleball activities.
- The site has an existing storage facility, the “tin building,” which will not only provide a warming hut for the paddle facility but add much-needed storage for the Community Center, including outdoor tables and chairs, supplies for the Café, bowling alley, cleaning, and painting.
- Most significantly, the property also presents the opportunity to add much-needed housing for the year-round community with the restoration of Jose’s, later Ed and Cynthia Riley’s, old home on the north end of the property.
Paddle & Pickleball Project Benefits
The most obvious benefit is the addition of a fun, family-oriented year-round activity on Fishers. Whether playing paddle or gathering around the fire pit watching others play, the courts will provide a destination to be outdoors, gather and enjoy camaraderie and sport.
- The courts can be converted to pickleball courts so they can be used 12 months a year: pickleball in the spring, summer, and fall, and paddle all year long.
- The courts will introduce and encourage our community to play paddle tennis, an easy sport to learn.
- The courts will enable the Fishers Island School to incorporate paddle into their sports program and then be able to compete with other schools on the CT shoreline.
- We anticipate the courts (and adjacent warming hut and storage) will serve our entire community, both seasonal and year-round, for 12 months a year.
- The project will improve the site next to the Community Center, and also provide the opportunity to renovate the house on the property for a year-round residence.
While we have completed the purchase of the land in Phase 1, we are now asking for your support to raise the remaining funds needed to install the courts for use this winter. And, Phase 2 supports the most important rebuilding of the year-round residence and the refurbishing of the storage building on the property, as well as providing for an endowment to maintain the courts.
Please consider a donation to help complete this exciting project.
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Thank you for your continued support of Fishers Island
and the Fishers Island Community Center.
For more information, please contact Luke Fowler or Jeanie Cook.