Upgrades include bringing Pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America to northern Bergen County

(HACKENSACK, NJ) – Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco, the Bergen County Board of Commissioners, and the Bergen County Parks Department announce the completion and grand opening of two renovated tennis courts and two newly installed pickleball courts at Wood Dale County Park in Woodcliff Lake.

Wood Dale County Park is now the third park in the Bergen County Parks System to feature the rapidly growing sport of pickleball among its amenities after Overpeck and Riverside County Parks. The upgrades cost a total of $965,125 and received funding from the County’s Open Space Trust Fund and the Bergen County Parks Department capital improvement fund.

“We are excited to announce the opening of newly renovated sports courts at Wood Dale County Park, featuring two pickleball courts, in line with our commitment to providing diverse recreational opportunities for our community,” said Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco. “This upgrade is part of our larger initiative to enhance amenities across the Bergen County Parks System, encouraging active and healthy lifestyles for all residents.”

"In accordance with the 2019 Bergen County Parks Master Plan, we continue to upgrade and improve our parks facilities, including new opportunities for recreation," said Commissioner Steve Tanelli, Parks Liaison. "We are committed to ensuring that Bergen County residents have access to open space and opportunities for outdoor recreation, especially as interest in pickleball continues to grow."

The completion of the Wood Dale County Park sport courts is part of a larger initiative to upgrade amenities across the Bergen County Parks System as outlined in County Executive Tedesco’s 2023 State of the County Address.

In short order, sport court upgrades will begin at Samuel Nelkin County Park in Wallington and the Rochelle Park section of Saddle River County Park. Both park upgrades will include the resurfacing basketball and tennis courts as well as the installation of pickleball. These renovations will be followed by further sport court renovations at Van Saun County Park, Pascack Brook County Park, and the Dunkerhook and Glen Rock sections of Saddle River County Park.

Photo caption: Bergen County Executive James J. Tedesco III poses with community members who played the first pickleball game on the new pickleball courts at Wood Dale County Park.


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