The East Greenwich Parks & Recreation Department recently learned the town had received an $8,500 facility grant from USTA (United States Tennis Association) for the renovations to the Frenchtown Courts and the Municipal Courts (behind the high school). The entire renovation project cost $43,000 and entailed crack filling, resurfacing, color coding and striping nine courts. The grant comes at a time when the town is trying to conserve funds while still maintaining its facilities.
"Every little bit helps," explained Parks & Recreation Director Catherine Bradley for why she sought out the grant last spring.
USTA’s goal is to provide safe, appealing and functional tennis courts. Through promoting access to public facilities, USTA is able to increase tennis opportunities for all ages and abilities. USTA has promoted opportunities to attract younger players. One such effort is by encouraging the addition of “blended lines” on courts. Blended lines are permanent 36' and 60' tennis lines on an existing 78' tennis court. Blended lines are painted using the same color family as the playing surface — in a lighter or darker shade, depending on personal preference — and are 1.5" in width. This is similar to the concept of how youth soccer plays the younger age groups on a proportionately scaled down field.
USTA’s initiative is to assist communities leveraging their tennis facilities to promote lifelong healthy activity and to improve their programming by advancing the latest tennis innovations for all program types. East Greenwich Parks & Recreation has been able to expand its tennis lesson program to youths and adults this past fall, and in the spring the department will be adding an active older adult tennis lesson program. These additions compliment the popular summer tennis lessons and the newer adult spring tennis matches that are offered.
The department welcomes the public to come out and enjoy the renovated courts and to take advantage of the many tennis opportunities it has to offer. Make your New Year’s resolution now to be more active and fit this coming year. Here’s a great opportunity to take advantage of.