The Venice Beach Recreation Center is now the home of 11 newly resurfaced public paddle tennis courts.

The Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks dedicated the new courts during a ribbon cutting ceremony Dec. 10, followed by a special “December To Remember Paddle Tennis Doubles Tournament.”

The project completely transformed the popular paddle tennis courts by installing all new surfaces, new fencing, and net posts. It was the first time that the courts were resurfaced since their installation in the 1970s, a department spokesperson said.

In addition, an area that was used for storing maintenance equipment next to the courts was removed to allow players to enjoy the ocean view.

“We’re thrilled with what the Department of Recreation and Parks has done to make the courts safer and feel we now have the best tennis court complex anywhere,” said Steve Gumplo, president of the United States Paddle Tennis Association.

“I hope people who like paddle tennis come try these new courts or come watch the best players in the world who are down here playing daily,”

The 11 newly resurfaced hard courts overlooking the ocean and located along the Venice Beach Boardwalk are green and blue and are modeled after the colors of the hard courts at the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

Paddle tennis is a form of tennis played with tennis balls and paddles on a court roughly a third the size of a tennis court. Experts say the game is easier to learn than tennis and tennis players are drawn to it because of its fast style of play at close range.

Play is free and paddles can be rented at the Venice Beach Recreation Center.

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