Parks commissioner works on his pickleball skills • Caribbean Life

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Parks Commissoner Mitch Silver gets ready to serve during a game of pickleball.

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Commissioner Mitch Silver doesn’t mind a little sweat. That’s appropriate given that this Haitian-descent New Yorker is the NYC Parks Commissioner.

It was a pleasant surprise to see the commish in athletic get-up last week at the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center near Houston Street to play pickleball. It’s the same center he first played the game while making a site visit two years ago.

Pickleball is very popular low-impact competitive sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and ping-pong. Using paddles, two or four players hit a Wiffle-like plastic ball over a net.

The game was invented in 1965 on…

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