The Oakcrest Cove Park pickleball and tennis courts will be closed for the winter in order to preserve the courts for milder weather.
In a Facebook post, the Sandwich Recreation Department said the decision was made ahead of what was predicted to be a snowstorm in the area.
“We believe that closing the courts will prevent the degradation of the nets, poles, and court surfacing to help ensure the facilities’ structural integrity and ultimately allowing for high quality play-ability of these courts for years to come,” the post says.
With the predicted snow, the department had to remove the nets from the courts and the decision was made to mark the closure of the courts for the season at the same time. The department said the decision was made after consulting with the court construction team.
Weather allowing, the courts will reopen around the middle of March.
“We do understand the disappointment the closure of these courts does bring,” the recreation department said. “We will be opening them back up again in early spring once the threat of frost and snow has passed.”
While the courts next to the skate park will be closed for the winter, the courts near the department’s 34 Quaker Meetinghouse Road offices will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on milder weather days. Lights are on at those courts until 10 PM daily.
People wishing to use those courts are asked to bring their own nets, but nets are available for players to borrow from the office Monday through Friday between 9 AM and 3 PM. Players should call ahead to inquire about net availability.
The recreation office can be reached at 508-888-4361.
With the Center for Active Living and its gym slated to be completed by the end of November, players may have an indoor option next winter.
Recreation director Guy J. Boucher said the department has heard from a handful of residents about the closure, but said those residents have generally been supportive.
“So far only a few people [have reacted],” he said. “Although they have commented that they understood why we closed them and look forward to them being opened back up early spring.”