Vancouver Tennis Center celebrates 40 years with Oct. 2 Open House

Earlier this summer, the city of Vancouver completed a rebuild of the original courts at the Vancouver Tennis Center. Players are shown here on the improved “Wimbledon blue’’ outdoor courts. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver
Earlier this summer, the city of Vancouver completed a rebuild of the original courts at the Vancouver Tennis Center. Players are shown here on the improved “Wimbledon blue’’ outdoor courts. Photo courtesy of city of Vancouver

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Tennis Center will celebrate over 40 years of service with a public open house showcasing everything the center has to offer from 4 to 6 p.m. Sun., Oct. 2. The tennis center is located at 5300 E. 18th St., in Vancouver.

 

The anniversary open house is free and open to the community. Visitors of all ages and abilities can tour the center, meet the center’s staff, learn more about the programs the center offers and take part in fun activities including tennis drills and pickleball.

 

As part of the celebration, the city of Vancouver recently completed a total renovation of the four outdoor courts at the tennis center. Four pickleball courts were also added to the two north courts using blended lines, bringing multi-use functionality to the center and helping to address the increased demand for pickleball courts in the city. The beautiful “U.S. Open Blue” courts are now open and ready for play.

 

When the weather doesn’t cooperate, the Vancouver Tennis Center also offers nine indoor courts.

 

It first opened its doors to the community in 1975. The center is owned and operated by the city of Vancouver and offers lessons, hosted activities, tournaments, leagues and open play to people of all ages and skill levels.

 

“Our tennis center is celebrating its 40th birthday … and the renovation of the outdoor courts has been a wonderful way to help kick off that celebration,” said Vancouver Parks and Recreation Director Julie Hannon. “There’s no better time to come check out the center and play a few games of tennis or pickleball.”

 

Construction began on June 28 and was complete on Aug. 6. The city contracted with Beynon Sports Surfaces of Tualatin, Ore., to complete the project. The Vancouver Tennis Center Foundation raised funds to contribute to the project.

 

In addition to the outdoor courts, the Vancouver Tennis Center features nine indoor tennis courts and two racquetball/handball/wallyball courts.

 

The center offers lessons, hosted activities, tournaments, leagues and open play to people of all ages and skill levels. For more information, visit www.cityofvancouver.us/tennis.

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