The SRC Board is very happy to announce that coming in August/September, we will be re-opening a NEW AND IMPROVED tennis court area! A survey went out to SRC members earlier this year asking what would be the best use of the area and we listened. This revitalization will expand the courts’ use beyond tennis to also include 3 pickleball courts, a half-court basketball court, and a badminton court!
One of the key challenges with the court area is the cracks that have formed due to tree roots, which means hard court resurfacing is a constant battle – and very expensive (if even possible). To that end, the Board explored alternative surfaces and decided on the SportCourt surface, which was designed for outdoor multi-sport activities. This hard, durable plastic surface is easy to manage and easy to lift up when necessary to get at growing roots in the future that might create an uneven base. This type of court has become a very popular surface around the country, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest for outdoor tennis, pickleball and basketball.
In order to facilitate this multi-court facility in our space, and to best deal with the more serious root issues on the west side of the courts, there will be only 1 tennis court on the east side, which will also be lined for 2 pickleball courts. The basketball court will also be lined for a 3rd pickleball court as well as have netting to allow for badminton. A new online reservation system will also be rolled out to manage it all – reservations will be a must!
Once the courts are completed (expected by late July 2021), SRC members will have free use of the courts with their membership during the summer. Additionally, the courts will be made available in the offseason for an hourly fee, including use to non-members. The year-round lane rentals of the swimming pool for professional coaching has been a huge success, and we are extending full-year use to the sports court area, too.
Finally, the cost to build and maintain the courts is significant. The SRC Board was able to secure a low-interest 20-year loan to facilitate this effort, but we are also making the revitalization of the Sports Courts our fundraising drive for 2021. Every dollar we raise means less of the loan interest we have to pay and/or those funds can be used for other maintenance and upkeep costs. If you’d like to donate towards this cause now, please click on the Donate Today! button below or on our website.