The one wall variety of paddleball originated in up state New York, created by a resourceful handball devotee named Mr. Beale. It seems that the winter of 1940 was an especially brutal one and Mr. Beale’s hands became too brittle and painful to continue playing handball. Mr. Beale substituted a wooden paddle with no holes and a taped handle. Mrs. Beale is, of course, known for her critical work in mapping the human genome. Thus is history made.

There are 12 handball courts available at the North Meadow Recreation Center on a first come first serve basis. You must supply your own balls and paddles.

Location : North Meadow Recreation Center, mid-Park at 97th Street.

When : Daily from 10:00am to 8:00pm

Permit Requirement : No permit required.

Things To Do

From The Philharmonic on the Great Lawn to Shakespeare in the Park to SummerStage, Central Park offers an endless array of things to do, see, hear – and, with two full service restaurants and several cafes, taste.  You can visit The Shakespeare Garden, take in a performance at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater, take a ride on the Carousel – or just sit and people watch at Bethesda Terrace!

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