Hugh Merkle Team - COMPASS RE

Recreation & Sports Camp Updates

Posted June 29th 2020

As summer slowly gets started at Seven Mile Beach, New Jersey continues to move through Phase 2 of its reopening, including the allowance of certain youth summer camps as well as limited recreation facility access.

As of June 5, Avalon’s municipal courts (basketball, tennis and pickleball) are open. Basketball courts are open on a first-come, first-served basis and social distancing continues to be encouraged. Tennis courts are open for reservation only. Reservations can be made by creating an account at

All pickleball courts are open and following the schedule that is printed in the Avalon Information Guide online at Recreation staff continues to answer phones while the building is closed daily from 9am-3pm.

As of June 16, Stone Harbor’s pickleball and tennis courts are fully operating. Reservations, while not required, are strongly suggested as spaces fill up quickly. Players can use the mobile app Court Reserve to view courts in use and those available at any given time. Recreation staff is on-premise daily from 8am-8pm.

Basketball courts are also open with COVID-19 requirements of bringing your own equipment and allowing for play only with the group you arrived with. Courts are open until 10:30pm.

Youth summer camps are now permitted to operate starting July 6. The camps must comply with the COVID-19 Summer Camp Standards per Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order.

For Avalon Recreation, the weekly Friday children’s activities and the Monday, Wednesday, Friday sports camps remain canceled. However, contracted summer camps set to begin after July 6 include Avalon Lady Fishing & Crabbing Camp, Avalon Surf Camp, On Deck Training Baseball Camp, Elation Surf Camp, Pushin’ the Limit Basketball Camp, Shore Sports Camp, Shore Soccer Camp, Steel Soccer Camp and Youth Gridiron Academy Flag Football Camp. As of our print date, Casiello Basketball Training Camp is TBD per the reopening of Avalon Community Hall.

“It’s been a challenge to adjust programming for the summer due to COVID,” says Avalon Recreation Director Chuck McDonnell. “So, while we did have to cancel a number of activities, we are happy to be able to offer this full schedule of youth sports opportunities for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information on Avalon sports camps, check the Avalon Information Guide available at

Stone Harbor will offer recreational programs starting in late June including boot camps, surfing lessons, Zumba, yoga on the beach, Sandbarre, Power Yoga, and Drop and Chop cooking. Contracted summer camps are set to start after July 6 and include Steel Soccer, Power House Field Hockey, Shore Sports Multi Camp, Exit Zero Lacrosse, Shore Shot Camp, Chess, and Just Breathe Yoga Adult Camp.

In addition, the Stone Harbor Recreation Department will begin to host its instructional sports and arts and crafts activities from July 6 to Aug. 13. All camp and recreational activity will strictly follow CDC guidelines.

“Preparing for this summer with COVID, we have been faced with several obstacles in our usual planned programming,” says Recreation Director Tina Prickett. “However, as we progress, I am confident my staff and our outside contractors will be able to provide a safe and fun summer schedule for all ages.”

Playgrounds throughout the island are expected to reopen on July 2. For a full schedule of Stone Harbor recreational activities, go to

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