Anyone for Tennis? Stratton Park tennis court reopen after £90,000 refurbishment
The courts were closed this summer to enable a modernisation programme of works to take place including resurfacing and repainting the tennis courts, improving accessibility for people with a disability, and the installation of new remote access system linked to the LTA’s ClubSpark online booking system. The courts also benefit from new nets and posts and new floodlighting on courts 1 and 2.
The works were funded by the council, the Lawn Tennis Association, Sport England and developer contributions.
The courts are free to use for the first six months, aiming to encourage residents from neighbouring areas to give tennis a try without a charge.
A small fee to use the courts, with a number of pricing options to meet residents’ needs, will be introduced from April 2021, subject to approval during the council’s annual fees and charges review. This is a condition of the external funding for the improvements. The court fees will cover future maintenance costs.
Cabinet Member for Borough Development and Improvement Cllr Rebecca Bean said: “These upgraded facilities demonstrate our continued significant investment in sporting facilities across the borough. Ensuring we have high quality sporting facilities for residents is a top priority for us, to encourage participation in sport and also to boost our residents’ physical and mental wellbeing.”
Rob Peters, LTA Participation Development Partner in the South and South West, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to develop the courts at Stratton Park and help open tennis up to more local people. The SmartAccess gate system is a crucial part of our free offer to local authorities to safeguard park courts, to ensure they continue to serve as hubs to bring individuals and communities together through tennis. We welcome any interest from other local authorities in helping achieve this.”
You can book a court at Stratton Park using this link www.clubspark.lta.org.uk/StrattonPark