Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Tennis in the Parks

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Tennis in the Parks

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The 2011 Tennis in the Parks (TIP)Initiative is a joint initiative of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the National Recreation and Park Association and has contributed to the resurgence of tennis as a lifelong recreational sport. In fact, participation in the sport of tennis surpassed 30 million players in 2009, prompting many communities to invest in renovating and building new tennis facilities.

In the following pages, you'll be able to read some of the best examples of the initiative in action, including renovation/construction, youth tennis programming, community partnerships and community tennis events for adults. We hope that this serves as an inspiration for you to incorporate tennis into your park and community programming and to learn even more about the great work that's been completed across the country. For a more robust collection of community tennis implementation, download the 2011 TIP Handbook, an excellent resource to help you learn how to expand upon your current programming.

Through visiting usta.com/tip and by downloading the TIP Handbook, you will learn about the tremendous FREE resources and benefits available for TIP agencies. More than 1,500 agencies have taken advantage of these resources over the past 10 years:

* USTA Facility Assistance and Public Facility Funding program

* 10 and Under Tennis implementation

* USTA Jr. Team Tennis programming

* USTA League Tennis & Flex Leagues

* The Big Serve, the USTA's advocacy effort for tennis courts and programs

* Scholarships to workshops

* Recreational and QuickStart Tennis Coach Workshops

* Marketing materials

* Technical assistance

* TIP community highlights

* Program/Facility/Advocacy and additional resources

* Directory

* And so much more!

Build a healthier community through tennis! Download the entire 2011 TIP Handbook today.

Every year NRPA asks all of the TIP participating communities to share their best practices and ideas. The following is a terrific sample of the ideas and programs that connect tennis communities across the country and facilitate the enjoyment of tennis for a lifetime;

Facility Renovation/Construction: Taking the Beast to Beauty

Cooperation and Collaberation Builds Community Engagement and Support, Sandusky, OH

Originally, the Perkins Township Schools in Sandusky, Ohio had seven frightful, crack-infested courts, with three of them being just parking lots with lines painted on. The challenge was to reconstruct this eyesore into a modern tennis facility while being fiscally responsible. In the spirit of cooperation and collaboration between the schools and township, it was agreed that even though the new courts would be on school grounds, they would also serve as a true community resource, accessible to all within the community. Building upon the collaborative spirit of the project, they reached out to the local business community for contracting, landscaping, paving and construction, delivering superior results.

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Project funding was accomplished through community donors, a USTA/NRPA facility grant and the Perkins Athletic Boosters, with the balance provided by the schools.

Since the refurbishment, court usage has increased tenfold and the facility is now a source of community pride, hosting tournaments, conference championships and community functions.

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10 and Under Tennis

Advantage Idea: QuickStart Tennis Tournament, Cottonwood Heights, UT

Creating player teams of four kids 10 years old and under, Cottonwood Heights Park and Recreation developed their 10 and Under Tennis around qualifying tournaments that led up to the final tournament of the season.

Each team came up with a team name and designed its own poster board for display. …

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