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Two Florida Centers Win 2009 USTA Outstanding Tennis Facility Awards

September 15, 2009 07:00 PM

From left: Alex Levitsky, Facility Award Subcommittee
Co-Chair; USTA Florida President Donn Davis, accepting
on behalf of Florida facilities; and USTA Chairman of the
Board and President Lucy Garvin. 
Florida took home two outstanding tennis facility awards during the US Open when the USTA announced the 12 winners of its 28th annual USTA Outstanding Facility Awards Program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.

Each facility was honored along with the other recipients at an awards ceremony at the USTA Semi-Annual meeting held on Sept. 6, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City.

Award-winning facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a parks and recreation department, an educational institution, a non-profit corporation, or private and commercially owned and operated facilities that offer USTA and other Growth of the Game programs to the public.

Facilities were judged on overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics, including the use of signs and landscaping; amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and their involvement in programs supporting the USTA and the growth of tennis.

“These facilities have gone above and beyond to create a superior tennis experience for their patrons and community at large,” said Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA, Kurt Kamperman. “We are proud to honor each of their achievements and applaud their devotion to the sport.”

All 2009 Awards winners will receive a marble wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility.

The 2009 USTA Outstanding Facility Awards Program winners are:

Public Courts, Small Tennis Centers (2-10 courts):
Rancho Penasquitos Tennis Center – San Diego, Calif.
Glenview Tennis Club – Glenview, Ill.
Seaview Park Tennis Facility – Palm Beach, Fla.

Private Facilities:
Mission Hills Country Club – Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club & Resort – Longboat Key, Fla.
Reynolds Plantation Lake Club Tennis Center – Greensboro, Ga.
Green Spring Racquet Club – Lutherville, Md.
Courtside Racquet Club – Lebanon, N.J.

Educational Institutions:
Cullman-Heyman Indoor Tennis Center, Yale University – New Haven, Conn.
Blythe Calfee Tennis Center – Willis, Texas
Washington State University Outdoor Tennis Facility – Pullman, Wash.
Oshkosh North High School – Oshkosh, Wis.

Seaview Park Tennis Facility – Palm Beach, Fla.
The Seaview Park Tennis Facility is located in the Town of Palm Beach’s 2.4 acre Seaview Park, just two blocks from a public beach. The park contains a 16,000 square-foot recreation center, large multipurpose athletic field and playground, and is located directly adjacent to two elementary schools. Originally built in 1936, the site had two clay courts, but was expanded in the 1950's to include six Florida marl clay courts and two asphalt courts. Over time, it became clear that extensive maintenance was necessary. In 2006 the process began for the Seaview Park facility renovation. The final plan called for seven subsurface irrigated HarTru courts, lighting, new fencing and landscaping, shade shelters with drinking fountains, a covered viewing area and new walkways. Ground was broken in May of 2008 and the facility opened for play only five months later in October. Seaview Park Tennis has played host to USTA junior tournaments and clinics and offers the QuickStart program for young players.

The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club & Resort – Longboat Key, Fla.
With the March 2009 opening of the new 20-court Tennis Gardens, the Longboat Key Club & Resort complex has earned its spot as one Florida’s premiere tennis facilities. The site’s courts had been old and in need of substantial repairs. Instead of merely doing repairs that would make them acceptable, ownership decided to totally reconstruct the facility. This included adding an exhibition court, 19 new field courts, shelters, patios, walks, landscaping, and a Clubhouse. The state-of-the-art facility control center features decks on three sides, while the new Clubhouse includes a kitchen, fine eating cafe, locker rooms, toilets, office, pro shop, meeting room, storage rooms, employee lounge and support facilities. It is ADA accessible throughout and has a substantial roof overhang that shades the observation deck, west of the Exhibition Court. The HydroGrid underground watering system for clay courts ensures optimal and consistent playing conditions. The Resort features lush landscaping with over 175 trees and palms and over 5,000 shrubs, grasses and flowering plants.






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