Help Improve Tennis Play, Shade and Safety

Background

At its November 2018 meeting, the Seven Lakes Board of Directors voted unanimously to hire civil engineers DDAI to evaluate the feasibility of, and prepare drawings for, improvements to our tennis facilities. Tennis players donated most of the $6,750 to pay for this engineering study.

The project adds USTA-recommended divider fences, provides shaded seating, and creates a safe area for players and spectators to gather away from vehicles on the maintenance road. The project dramatically improves the appearance, appeal and safety of the tennis complex, bolstering Seven Lakes’ status as a great place to live and play.

DDAI has now confirmed that the project is feasible from an engineering perspective, requiring roughly $10,000 in earthmoving work to compensate for the change in water detention. The project for Courts 1-4 is currently out for bid. We should have a price shortly.

Concept Plan for Courts 1-4. Shows wider courts to USTA standards with divider fences, shade between courts and shaded spectator seating over central deck.

The busy maintenance road is a thoroughfare for passenger and maintenance vehicles, and a parking lot. Players and spectators are dangerously close to cars and large trucks. During a traffic study, in just one week, three near-misses in which pedestrians were nearly struck by vehicles were observed.

Court 4 Spectators seeking shade and a place to sit

The Time Is Now

The fence around courts 1-4 is heavily rusted and past due for replacement. To fence the existing courts would cost at least $40,000, money that is already in Seven Lakes’ reserves and which could be put toward these improvements.

Spectators in the sun, Court 4. Posts (right) are askew from being hit by cars or trucks.

Courts 1 and 2 are 26 years old, while Courts 3 and 4 are 20 years old. The estimated useful life for clay courts with underground irrigation is 20-25 years, according to Reserve Advisors, Inc. Seven Lakes already has reserves to replace those courts, albeit not necessarily to USTA recommended size and specifications.

To date the tennis community has already raised $66,600 in donations towards making this project a reality. $50,000 of that money is contingent on the project moving forward by February 2021.

How much will it cost?

We expect that the project will cost somewhere in the vicinity of $250,000 to $270,000. We will certainly work with the Association to explore every option to keep the costs down while achieving the main objectives of safety, seating and shade.

How Can You Help?

We already have donations and pledges of $66,600. One player has generously offered a loan of $50,000 to the Tennis Club to help with this project, but of course the Club would need to raise funds to repay that loan. We estimate that the Association has roughly $184,000 in reserves earmarked for the tennis courts and fencing to be rebuilt. We all know that this project, while benefiting all residents, will benefit the tennis players most of all. Are you able to help by pledging a donation?

T Cantilever Tennis Shade

Any pledge, regardless of amount, gets us closer to our goal. Any pledge or gift would be contingent on the project being started within two years, after which time the pledge would be considered cancelled or the gift returned.

Tier Gift Donor Recognition
Grand Slam Champion $10,000+
  • One court, set of bleachers, or deck shade structure named for donor(s) or loved one
  • Cabana named for donor(s)
  • Engraved paver with your name or message
  • Lifetime Club membership
  • Special “Lifetime Club Member” bag tag
  • Listed on plaque
  • Listed on Seven Lakes website
Ringer $5,000+
  • Patio table
  • Engraved paver with your message
  • Listed on plaque
  • Lifetime Club membership
  • Special “Lifetime Club Member” bag tag
  • Listed on Seven Lakes website
Winner $1,000+
  • Engraved paver with your message
  • Lifetime Club membership
  • Special “Lifetime Club Member” bag tag
  • Listed on plaque
  • Listed on Seven Lakes website
Partner $500+
  • Lifetime Club membership
  • Special “Lifetime Club Member” bag tag
  • Listed on plaque
  • Listed on Seven Lakes website
Fan Any amount
  • Listed on Seven Lakes website

All costs are estimates.

Tennis Club Fundraising Leadership

Janet Abresch
Steve Daily
Serge Langis
Gleyn Wallenbrock, Honorary Chair