NYC Dads Celebrate Father’s Day with Pickleball in Central Park

MANHATTAN, N.Y. – The pickleball craze is sweeping across New York City, and this Father’s Day, the courts at Central Park’s Wollman Rink were bustling with activity. Dads and their kids took to the courts to enjoy a day filled with fun, laughter, and friendly competition.

A Morning at City Pickle Courts

Ben Sirota and his daughter Teddy were among the many families who spent their Sunday morning at the City Pickle courts. The duo embraced the opportunity to bond over the game. “It’s the best. All I want is to be with my kids and great friends,” Sirota shared, reflecting the sentiment of many parents who find joy in spending quality time with their children.

Teddy, who discovered her love for pickleball at camp last summer, was thrilled to be back on the court. “I like it because it’s easier than tennis but harder than ping pong,” she explained, highlighting the unique appeal of the sport that combines elements of both games.

A Surprise Gift and a Day of Fun

Fred Cibelli and his 11-year-old son Easton also joined the festivities, starting their day with a delightful surprise. “Actually, for his present this morning, we got him a pickleball set and just came here to play and have fun,” Easton recounted with excitement. The gift was a hit, and Fred expressed his joy in sharing the experience with his son. “I love that I can be outside and play a sport with our little guy and our best friends over here,” he said. “We really enjoy something we can share.”

Family Bonding Beyond the Courts

The pickleball courts at Wollman Rink attracted more than just father-kid duos. Ali Wayman, on a family vacation to the city, found time to play with her mom while her brother and dad attended a baseball game. “My brother and dad are off doing baseball games, so we’re separated, but we’ll be together for dinner,” Wayman shared, illustrating how pickleball can fit into diverse family activities.

Access to Pickleball Courts

The City Pickle courts at Wollman Rink are open seven days a week through the fall, providing ample opportunities for families to enjoy the sport. Reservations can be made online at City Pickle’s website, ensuring that everyone has a chance to participate in this growing trend.

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Written by Billy Pickles

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