Ed Murray, Mayor
8/15/2012 8:49:00 AM
Tennis Center Sand Point Official Groundbreaking
Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith to introduce new facility for indoor tennis at Magnuson Park
Join Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Tennis Center at Sand Point, LLC for an official groundbreaking for Tennis Center Sand Point at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 23 at Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE.
At the groundbreaking, which will take place next to Building 41, officials from the city and Tennis Center at Sand Point, LLC will provide a history of support for the center, awards for key community members, and an opportunity to ask questions.
The new tennis center, located between Building 18 (the old fire station) and Building 41, is a key element of the development plan for the Sand Point Historic District in Magnuson Park. A long time coming, this much-needed facility is scheduled to open its doors in August 2013.
The history of support for a tennis center at Magnuson Park stretches back to 1973, and it was not until voters approved the 2000 Pro Parks Levy that funding became available for initial planning and design. That design, which would have cost $11 million, was completed in 2002, but there was no funding for construction.
Parks and Recreation issued a Request for Proposals in 2004 in hope of attracting a private developer to build and operate the center. Parks received no proposals, and the supporters presented a scaled-down design to Parks in 2006. In a unique public-private partnership, the Tennis Center at Sand Point (TCSP) development team was granted approval to use the designated Magnuson Park, to raise private funding, to manage the development process, and to operate the new center. This public-private partnership will provide tennis services in the north end of the city. The Amy Yee Tennis Center at 2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way S has been in operation since 1977.
While working on the lease, raising money and applying for permits, TCSP opened the Racquet Training Center at Sand Point (RTC) in Hangar 30 to test demand in the area, learn more about tennis programs people are interested in, and build a customer base.
TCSP named the new facility Tennis Center Sand Point to honor the airfield that saw planes take off and land at various times for the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Reserves and Pan American Airways from 1920 to 1970.
The tennis center, funded by $5.1 million in private donations to TCSP, 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 120-seat viewing deck for tournaments, accessible to people with disabilities
- On-court bleachers for close viewing.
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