Support eight new courts at EBRC by attending Parks meeting

If you read the last BTA newsletter, you know there has been a lot going on with Boulder public tennis and pickleball. In brief, the recently announced Parks and Rec Court System Plan recommends adding 22 new dedicated public tennis courts and 22 new dedicated pickleball courts over the next several years in and around Boulder. (This is a separate issue from the planned private facility out in the Gunbarrel area.)

That said, nothing is a done deal until all these new courts are in place and playable. Plans can change in the blink of an eye. So we in the tennis and pickleball communities need to remain active, vocal, and diligent in our support for the current Court System Plan that makes these courts possible. Sadly, no resting on our laurels.

Show up to support the building of eight new dedicated tennis courts at EBRC

The first critical stage of the Parks’ plan involves replacing the existing five tennis courts at East Boulder Rec Center with new pickleball courts, and constructing six to eight new tennis courts in the adjacent space, to be completed as early as 2025. This is where we need to focus our immediate efforts. We need to show our support for the whole concept of locating these new courts at East against potential neighborhood resistance, and we need to advocate for the full eight dedicated tennis courts to be built.

Boulder Parks and Rec will be holding a public meeting next Monday, March 4, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the JCC, 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder, CO 80303. At this meeting they will give an update on plans for the potential courts, and to offer the general public a chance for feedback. And there’s the rub… It’s possible that people opposed to any new court construction or expansion in their neighborhood will show up to express opposition. We hope this is not the case, but we’ll never know until it happens. (A prime recent example of this is when neighborhoods half a mile away from the planned private Gunbarrel facility organized a campaign against that project.)

So once again we’re urging tennis and pickleball players (and parents of players) to mobilize. Show up and support the City’s plans for improving and growing our public courts. Demonstrate that there is a large, tax-paying base of the tennis and pickleball community that believes these plans – starting with the court expansion at EBRC – are critical to the future of tennis in Boulder.

  • When:  Monday, March 4, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Jewish Community Center (JCC), 6007 Oreg Ave., Boulder, CO 80303.
  • Doors open: At 5:45. Light snacks will be provided.

The BTA Board recognizes the whole plan is great news for the long term future of public tennis and pickleball in Boulder, and the City of Boulder and the Boulder Parks and Recreation Department deserve kudos for starting the ball rolling. We just have to show up to support them. Thanks, and see you there!

* Note: The details of the complete Court System Plan call for up to 8 dedicated tennis courts at East Boulder Rec Center by 2025; up to 12 dedicated tennis courts at Valmont Park by 2028; up to 8 dedicated tennis courts at Tom Watson Park by 2030.

 

The BTA Board

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