WESTPORT—Over the Fourth of July weekend, Westporters flocked to the town beaches, courts, pools, parks and especially the golf course—all maintained by the town Parks and Recreation Department.

Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Fava said that around 1,200 rounds of golf were played at Longshore Golf Club from July 1 through July 4. To date, the course is up 7 percent (940 rounds) in usage compared to the same point in 2015.

"Part of that was we had good weather so we were able to start in March. We haven’t been able to open in March since 2012," Fava said. "So that gave us a nice boost."

Since the maintenance of the golf course was outsourced to BrightView in 2013, the town has been happy with the improvements.

"I’ve had people saying it’s in the best condition they’ve ever seen it so they’re taking a lot of care and really paying a lot of attention to it."

We’re getting people back and people are interested and they’re enjoying playing out there. They’re doing a great job," Fava said.

Phase I of the Compo Beach Master Plan is nearing completion and partially in use by the public. Currently accessible is an 8-foot-wide concrete walkway which runs from the pavilion to the beachfront cannons. The two basketball courts are expected to be opening next week. Equipped with LED lights, the courts will be scaled to regulation size, painted and repaved. The baskets will also be adjustable for use of all ages.

Tennis FEST 2016 will take place on Saturday at Longshore at 11 a.m.. The event is free for Westport residents and lessons will be available for all ages and levels with an expanded round robin

Fava said that platform tennis is being played more often now that people have gotten a chance to play on the two courts that were installed last summer.

"That’s really kind of taken off and we’ve started with lessons so that’s certainly growing—people are really getting into that," Fava said.

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