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Tennis players embrace new courts at Kits Beach

October 1 2013

“They are absolutely awesome,” says local resident and tennis player Chris Temmerman. “We’ve waited so long for these courts. It was a very proud moment when we broke ground."

Chris Temmerman

One of the world’s best urban beaches now has 10 freshly updated tennis courts to match the gorgeous scenery!
 
The courts reopened at Kitsilano Beach Park this month after a $550,000 makeover and will allow the facility to host international competitions — a first for outdoor public courts in Vancouver.
 
“They are absolutely awesome,” says local resident and tennis player Chris Temmerman. “We’ve waited so long for these courts. It was a very proud moment when we broke ground. The old courts were in rough shape.”
 
The original courts were built in 1952 and Chris has been playing on them since he moved into the neighbourhood in 1988.
 
“I’m impressed the new courts were built only two years after we approached the Vancouver Park Board and asked that they be included in the City’s Capital Plan.”
 
Local resident and tennis player Don Shaw led a campaign to raise money from local tennis players. The Kitsilano War Memorial Community Association and Canada One Foundation also donated funds towards the courts.
 
The five northern tennis courts were built to meet International Tennis Federation tournament standards. The highly popular destination has been updated with plexipave sports coating surface, new drainage, fencing, 17 benches, and a practice wall.

The tennis courts aren’t the only recreational facility in the Kitsilano neighbourhood to get an upgrade. The City also spent $170,000 on the fitness centre at the Kitsilano War Memorial Community Centre.

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