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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Construction begins on the long-planned Tennis Center Sand Point at Magnuson Park

7/23/2012  1:36:00 PM

Construction begins on the long-planned Tennis Center Sand Point at Magnuson Park

After many years of planning, construction begins this week on the Tennis Center Sand Point. This is project is a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Court Sports, Inc., and will be located east of 62nd Ave. NE, just south of NE 74th St. Construction is expected to take approximately nine months.

The tennis center will consist of 10 indoor courts placed inside of two tennis pavilions featuring:

  • Fully insulated and energy efficient construction
  • Award-winning indirect reflective lighting system
  • Superb court surfacing and playing conditions
  • An on-site pro shop and stringing services
  • A cafe providing food and beverage service for players and visitors
  • Modern locker room and restroom facilities
  • A multi-purpose meeting/media room
  • A 150-seat viewing deck for tournaments, accessible to people with disabilities
  • On-court bleachers for close viewing

Construction of this project will mean temporary changes to north-south traffic along Sportsfield Drive NE. Because of the tennis center footprint, Sportsfield Dr. NE will be realigned east toward the ballfields and will end at the existing intersection on the east side of Building 41 (Parks crew quarters). Parks anticipates that the north end of Sportsfield Drive NE will be closed for approximately three months. Signs will be posted for a detour route and will allow north-south traffic via 62nd Ave. NE.

A tennis center is a key part of the development plan for the Sand Point Historic District in Magnuson Park. In 2008, the City Council authorized a concession agreement between Seattle Parks and Seattle Court Sports Unlimited (SCSU) for the construction and operation of the Sand Point Tennis Center.
The $5.1 million in funding for the project comes from private investors in the project to Tennis Center at Sand Point LLC. Seattle Parks and Recreation has reviewed and approved the documentation of financing for the project.

The Sand Point Tennis Center, which will serve tennis enthusiasts of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds, will help alleviate the shortage of public indoor courts in the area by offering an affordable option for tennis enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels.  The Center will offer free court time each week, youth scholarships and camps, and provide a practice and tournament venue for local schools.  SCSU hopes that the Seattle community will be enriched through these increased recreational opportunities.

This is an exciting time for both tennis players in Seattle and Racquet Training Center (RTC) players who have played in Building 30 for the past two and a half years. The RTC opened more than two years ago to offer tennis programs while planning for the larger center was under way. For more information, please visit the RTC website here.

For additional information about the project, please see the website here.

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