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Raleigh moves ahead with tennis center plan

Posted July 2, 2013

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— Raleigh City Council on Tuesday approved design plans for a new tennis center on Barwell Road.

Council authorized staff to move ahead with the bidding process for the $5 million Southeast Raleigh Tennis Center at 3935 Barwell Road.

The 4,000-square-foot center will have 20 outdoor courts, the first public indoor court in the city and other amenities on 9 acres. The city will pay for the project with funds raised from bonds and $1 million in private donations.

Construction should be completed in late 2015, officials said.

The center was developed with input from residents and other stakeholders, including the Wake County Public School System. Officials said they hope it will be a destination facility for matches and tournaments as well as a community feature.


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  • -f Jul 3, 2013

    If it is surrounded by a not so nice area and it is in the middle of no mans land in terms of actual tennis players, what is the point in building it.

  • garciavic77 Jul 3, 2013

    Not all of Southeast Raleigh is bad! I live in Southeast Raleigh and there are some really nice middle class neighborhoods, like the one I live at. This part of town really needs more amenities like this tennis center.

  • Fastglass Jul 3, 2013

    @sundaymorning, yes you are correct. My gravitation torward the revenue bond was assumptive.

  • DrJ Jul 3, 2013

    This is a real shame. There's already a large existing municipal tennis facility on the east side o the city (Millbrook). Lions Park is not as large, but is located much closer to downtown. Why not put something up in the vicinity of Crabtree or the Fairgrounds?

  • Showlow Jul 3, 2013

    It would be nice if my specific comments were posted earlier but since they were not, let me generalize. Here is the deal, an ex city councilor worked with an ex city manager and a current developer to hatch a plan to develop a piece of property in Southeast Raleigh as a goodwill measure to this particular ex city councilor and his constituents. The developer got involved as a fundraiser with the underlying intention on having the support of city council on his future projects if he helped this project get off the ground. Who's going to play here? The tennis teams of Shaw, St. Augustine's and all 11 members of the Ebony Racquet Club. All you have to do is look at court usage at Biltmore Hills, Worthdale or Chavis. The demographics for the USTA league and recreational players in Raleigh show 95% of them are in North Raleigh which is desperate for new courts. Just ask the city tennis director who has been waiting on additional courts to be built at Lynn Road Park for years. Politics!

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jul 3, 2013

    Municiple bonds are paid back with tax revenue. I don't think that's a bad thing. With the donations we get more bang for our buck and a healthier community is better for everyone, even those that don't play. Also, only homeless people don't pay property tax (it's passed on in rent, mostly).

  • Fastglass Jul 3, 2013

    @whatelseisnew- last time I checked, municipal bonds and private donations don't fall on the shoulders of the taxpayers.

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 3, 2013

    Does anyone on here actually know the area or even bother to look at it on google maps, or did you just read "southeast Raleigh" and get scared of the neighborhood.

    There is an elementary school, community center, church and fairly nice new neighborhoods popping up in that area all the time. Its not like they are building it in the middle of some section 8 housing.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Jul 3, 2013

    I agree crime is higher in that area, but we're talking about a level of crime that depresses home values, not a level that should make people afraid to go there.

    This could be a nice boost to the area.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 3, 2013

    "Let's not pretend to be blinded because you live on the "North" sice of town. There are Crimes/ Gangs, etc... are all over. Did you ever think that criminals don't necessairly steel from the less fortunate..... They don't have anything to steel"

    Well your reality is that in that area there IS a lot of crime. Yes crime happens everywhere, but some areas are much worse than others. Doesn't mean they should not build the center, but they will need to figure out how to keep this center a safe place to go.