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Brand New Public Courts in Columbia

July 17, 2006 07:38 PM

Tennis opportunities in South Carolina are growing rapidly. Adding to the hundreds of facilities across the state, there is a great new complex opening up in Columbia. The City of Columbia has recently finished the construction of 16 new courts and on Friday July 21 there will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony as the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department opens the Southeast Park and Tennis Courts. Originally, the courts were slated to be built with taxpayer funds, and money derived from the government. However, cost overruns put the completion of the courts and park in jeopardy. Thankfully, the USTA was able to step in and provide a $200,000 grant to assist in the completion of the project. The four soft courts at the facility are a direct product of this grant, and should be a valuable resource to tennis enthusiasts in the Columbia area.

Columbia Courts

Located off Garners Ferry Road the facility currently includes tennis courts, a primitive camping area, and an environmental classroom. Ultimately the park is slated to have 22 hard courts, 8 soft courts, and a tennis pro shop, which will be built over the next few years. The ceremony on Friday will mark the opening of 12 hard courts and 4 soft courts for public play.

On an interesting side note, the park is designed to be ‘green’ with many natural features being used to help preserve the park. During construction 85% of the hardwood, dogwood and magnolia trees were preserved, and natural contours in the land have been used to help prevent erosion.

Of course there are many existing facilities in the state for players to take advantage of. If you need to find a court in your area, you can visit USTA.com and use their court locator to find a location near you.

 

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