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As the popularity of Pickleball continues to grow, the City of Newport today announced that Newport Recreation is putting into place new court hours in order to better manage demand and mitigate the neighborhood impacts of what has become one of the City’s most popular sports.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, City Pickleball courts will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sundays and 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. 

Players are also being asked to limit play to 1 hour if others are waiting, not to abuse nets or other equipment, and to be mindful of neighbors by keeping noise to a minimum. 

Signage will be posted at pickleball courts informing players of the new policies, and other general court rules will also apply, including: 

•       No amplified sound (i.e. music, sound systems)

•       No use of residential/commercial equipment (i.e. shovels, leaf blowers, etc…)

•       No food, glass, or alcoholic beverages allowed on the courts

•       No pets allowed in the court area

•       No skateboards, skates, bicycles, or lawn chairs

More information on Newport Recreation programs can be found on the City’s website at www.CityofNewport.com/Recreation.

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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