Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tonight Sand Point Tennis Center Ground Breaking Celebration

Jake Moe, long-time Laurelhurst resident and tennis teacher, invites all Laurelhurst tennis players to tonight's big Ground Breaking event at 6pm.  Special musical guests will be the Roosevelt Jazz Ensemble.

Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, Seattle Parks and Recreation, will welcome the community to the Tennis Center, scheduled to open next August between Building 18 (the old fire station) and Building 41.

The tennis center is part of the overall development plan for the Sand Point Historic District in Magnuson Park.

Tonight officials will talk about how the center came about starting in 1973. Following that in 2000 voters approved the Pro Parks Levy which provided funding for initial planning and design, which was completed in 2002 and would have cost $11 million, but there was no funding for construction.

The City website says:
Parks and Recreation issued a Request for Proposals in 2004 in hope of attracting a private developer to build and operate the center. Parks received no proposals, and the supporters presented a scaled-down design to Parks in 2006.  
In a unique public-private partnership, the Tennis Center at Sand Point (TCSP) development team was granted approval to use the designated Magnuson Park, to raise private funding, to manage the development process, and to operate the new center. This public-private partnership will provide tennis services in the north end of the city. The Amy Yee Tennis Center at 2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S has been in operation since 1977. 
While working on the lease, raising money and applying for permits, TCSP opened the Racquet Training Center at Sand Point (RTC) in Hangar 30 to test demand in the area, learn more about tennis programs people are interested in, and build a customer base.  
TCSP named the new facility Tennis Center Sand Point to honor the airfield that saw planes take off and land at various times for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Reserves and Pan American Airways from 1920 to 1970. 
The tennis center, funded by $5.1 million in private donations to TCSP, will consist of 10 indoor courts placed inside of two tennis pavilions.
Some of the features will be:

·         Fully insulated and energy efficient construction
·         Award-winning indirect reflective lighting system
·         Superb court surfacing and playing conditions
·         An on-site pro shop and stringing services
·         A cafe providing food and beverage service for players and visitors
·         Modern locker room and restroom facilities
·         A multi-purpose meeting/media room
·         A 120-seat viewing deck for tournaments, accessible to people with disabilities
·         On-court bleachers for close viewing

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