MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Recreation Advisory Committee is holding a public meeting on Thurs., July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Hilton Branch of the Maplewood Memorial Library (1688 Springfield Ave.) to gather public input on the possibility of constructing new basketball courts and revitalizing the tennis courts in Maplecrest Park.

This meeting is open to all ages, with organizers hoping to get input "from young children to seniors." "We want all voices at the table, and encourage all to attend," stated Recreation Advisory Committee member Erin Scherzer.

"Maplewood is examining revitalizing Maplecrest Park to add a basketball court and to improve the tennis courts. Currently, the only place to play basketball in Maplewood is in Memorial Park, and the courts are limited. The current tennis courts in Maplecrest Park are in poor condition, and some people use it as a dog run," stated Scherzer in an email.

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Community members are encouraged to email questions, comments or concerns to At the meeting, residents will be able to hear about potential options, and provide feedback on which options they believe to be the most desirable, and the most likely to be utilized.

Input from the meeting will be considered by the Maplewood Recreation Advisory Committee before they make a recommendation to the Maplewood Recreation Department.