Substantial funding boost for redevelopment of Logan Park centre

Plans to redevelop the Logan Park Tennis Centre have received a major boost.

Tennis Otago has been granted $350,000 by the Otago Community Trust to assist with the project.

The $1.7 million upgrade is expected to take two years, beginning with the construction of eight new courts and resurfacing of a further two.

Improvements to the surrounding fencing and amenities will also begin in the initial phase.

They will improve both the player and spectator experience.

Tennis Otago chairman John Alexander said the recent grant, along with other funding, would help create a facility that would go a long way in opening opportunities for tennis across Otago.

"We’re thrilled that the Otago Community Trust has recognised the value of the Logan Park Tennis Centre upgrade and awarded this grant for the project."

Otago Community Trust chairman Ross McRobie said while upgrades to the Logan Park Tennis Centre had been a long time in the making, it was important the tennis community had taken the time to work with key stakeholders and governing bodies.

"Our trustees are impressed with the thought and consultation that has been advanced to ensure that the redeveloped tennis facility would complement other sporting codes within the Logan Park sports hub."

Also included in the latest round of funding was $75,000 granted to the North Otago Lawn Tennis Association.

That will help assist with the cost of upgrading the club’s grass courts, turning four of the 12 into hard courts.

It will allow tennis to be played year-round, while still keeping the majority of grass courts.

The upgrade will also include the addition of overhead lightning.

The Clutha Recreation Centre Inc was also given a boost.

The trust approved $70,000 to support the Cross Recreation Centre’s building extension project.

It plans to extend its footprint by an addition 230sq m.

 

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