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Boca Raton Public Parks Make USTA History

October 25, 2005 01:58 PM

In the Florida public parks realm, the city of Boca Raton is certainly shining.  In the past 17 years, the three public facilities in the Boca area have been highlighted through the USTA Public Facility Awards Program.  Most impressive, however, is the fact that nationally, Boca Raton is the only city with three USTA Public Facility Award-winning all-public entities run by the same agency.

Since the program’s beginning 24 years ago, USTA Facility Award winners in Boca Raton include Patch Reef Park (1988,) Memorial Park (1992,) and the Swim and Racquet Center of Boca Raton (2005.)

Boca Raton Tennis Centers Administrator Jim Tierney was thrilled when the Swim and Racquet Center of Boca Raton won the facility award in 2005.  This is Tierney’s third public facility to receive the national award, making USTA history.

Between these three public parks in Boca, a wide array of facilities, programs and services are offered: tennis courts, baseball/softball fields, football/soccer fields, basketball courts, community centers, fitness trails, concession areas, playgrounds, open fields, a skateboarding/ roller-blading facility, picnic tables and facilities, barbecue grills and sheltered areas.  Tennis lessons are offered for all levels and ages, as well as clinics, open play and tournaments.

“We are delighted to recognize these facilities for their hard work and commitment to achieving higher standards,” USTA Chief Executive Community Tennis Kurt Kamperman said.  “We are pleased with the dedication and support of facilities across the country in helping the USTA to promote and develop the growth of tennis.”

USTA Florida is pleased to announce the following Parks and Recreation agencies and Community Tennis Associations who recently were awarded grants to promote and develop tennis in Florida’s public parks. USTA Florida contributed a total of $19,000 for tennis programming, equipment, staffing, and marketing and advertising that will help these agencies initiate or expand their tennis activities.

>> 2005 Florida Tennis in the Park Award Winners

Look for the 2006 Tennis in the Parks information this fall!  The USTA and NRPA will announce the next grant opportunity in the Fall of 2005.  For more information contact Linda Curtis, Coordinator of Community Development for USA Tennis Florida: 386-671-8934; curtisL@florida.usta.com.

2005 Public Facility Funding
The USTA has allocated $1.5 million to help support public tennis facility enhancements, renovations, and new construction projects through the Public Facility Funding Grant.

 

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