Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer Timothy J. Plante and Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan announced $400,000 in upgrades to the Forest Park tennis courts today at Forest Park.
Mayor Sarno said, “Pleased to announce another quality of life initiative with the upgrading of our frequently utilized Forest Park tennis courts. This investment not only will allow us to pursue tournaments, but, who knows, it could develop another hometown pro, like Wimbledon semifinalist Tim Mayotte.”
“It is always nice when you can find the resources to address a major need in our neighborhoods and park system. Forest Park is a crown jewel in the city and provides recreation opportunities for all our residents. This is a much needed investment,” said CAFO TJ Plante.
Patrick Sullivan stated, “We are excited for the opportunity to properly restore the tennis courts here in Forest Park. The tennis organizations have a dedicated group of participants and this site has historically offered city wide youth lessons. The tennis courts are an important component of activities offered at the park and we look forward to the renovation early this fall.”
“The Park Commission appreciates the Mayor efforts in providing the funding for the restoration for these courts. The Springfield Tennis club has done a great job in maintaining the clay courts and this funding will ensure a first class tennis facility and promote tennis throughout Western Mass,” said Parks Commission Chairman Brian Santaniello.
Laura Walsh, President of the Forest Park Civic Association, said, “The FPCA is excited to hear of the plans to renovate the tennis courts in Forest Park, as the need for repairs has been a topic at our meetings in the past. Forest Park is a wonderful recreational resource for our neighborhood and city, and the tennis courts provide an active recreational opportunity for people of all ages. The courts have been in need of repair and we value the Park Department and Mayor for addressing our concerns about the usability of the Forest Park courts. We look forward to our residents having the opportunity to engage in the wonderful sport of tennis!”