Consider keeping tennis courts available at former Bally clubs
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Consider keeping tennis courts available at former Bally clubs

    1. Sherry Clarke
    2. Petition by

      Sherry Clarke

      Bonney Lake, WA

We, the undersigned former Bally’s Tacoma/Olympia/Federal Way tennis members, are filing this petition to request that LA Fitness consider restructuring our memberships so that the tennis courts can remain available for us to play on. There is a severe shortage of tennis facilities in South Puget Sound and we cannot afford to lose a single indoor court, much less over a dozen courts.

In order for this to happen, we understand that tennis players will have to contribute to the financial well being of the LA Fitness organization. There are currently 1000-1200 tennis players at the Tacoma club and 800-900 of those people also play on USTA league teams and similar figures in both the Olympia and Federal Way programs. In light of that fact, we propose that LA Fitness offer two types of tennis memberships at the former Bally’s Tacoma/Olympia/Federal Way site:

Individual: $50 per month

Couple/Family: $80 per month

Tennis is often referred to as “the sport for a lifetime”. It is something people of all ages and skill levels can do to keep their minds sharp and their bodies fit. Nowhere is that more evident than at the former Bally’s Tacoma, Olympia and Federal Way clubs where on any given day you can see people from ages six to ninety enjoying time on the court. This is consistent with the LA Fitness philosophy of “focusing on the one lifelong benefit valued by everyone: good health.”

With the closure of these three clubs in particular, LA Fitness is displacing thousands of members of the tennis community, members who are more like a family than just tennis players, ending employment for those tennis professionals, many who have been teaching at their respective clubs for over a decade or more, and will limit the exposure of tennis to future generations. For those thousands of members who participate in USTA Adult, Senior and Mixed tennis leagues, these teams, again, many who have been together for years, will now be forced to disband if they’re not able to find another “home court” facility to host them. With the limited amount of indoor courts available even before the closures, this will severely damage the USTA league program in the Southwest Washington division of the USTA. This also affects the many youth programs, including youth divisions and tournaments of the USTA and the displacement of public high school league tournaments and sectional tournaments that are currently hosted at these tennis facilities.

LA Fitness prides itself “on giving members the most for their dollars to make the LA Fitness experience accessible to more segments of the community.” It is in the best interest of the community for this facility to remain open, even if it is only used for tennis.

These points just scrape the surface of the number of important reasons we hope LA Fitness will taking into consideration in regards to closing the tennis facilities.

We respectfully ask that you seriously consider our request.

Our points of contact are:  Betsy Skevington,  skevington@harbornet.com  253-564-5046 and JoAnne Fletcher, joannefle@comcast.net, 253-564-7589.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Update on progress to save our tennis courts

      Sherry Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      A message from Jo Fletcher & Betsy Skevington:
      Latest update regarding the petition to save our courts. We sent an email to the LA Fitness CEO, VP of Operations, and the local District Manager and attached petition signatures (over 1,000 to date!) and comments. These documents were also provided to the USTA/PNW. Had a conversation with the District Manager and he appeared very supportive and has walked through the courts several times. USTA had a very positive call with LA Fitness and will be meeting with a few of the advocates and potential investors from the SW WA area within the next couple of weeks to come up with viable proposal options to present to LA Fitness.

      Very encouraging and positive news so far! Meanwhile, please continue to pass on the link to this petition to others that have not yet signed. The website will remain active until further notice.

      Happy Holidays!

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Update from Jo Fletcher and Betsy Skevington

      Sherry Clarke
      Petition Organizer

      This is a message from Jo Fletcher and Betsy Skevington.

      Dear Tennis Friends: wanted to provide an update regarding the petition to save our courts. We have drafted an email to the LA Fitness CEO and VP of Operations and attached the petition signatures and comments. These documents have been forwarded to the USTA (Sheila Banks) at their request. The USTA apparently is meeting with LA Fitness to discuss options and resolutions. We will keep you informed as we learn more.

      Meanwhile, please continue to pass on the link to this petition to others that have not yet signed. The website will remain active until further notice.

      Thanks again for all your support to save our courts!

    5. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • kate walters GIG HARBOR, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I want to keep tennis open at the Tacoma, Olympia and Federal Way former Ballys Total Fitness that LA Fitness owns now.

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    • kathy song FEDERAL WAY, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      i am a member of tennis of bally for life time

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    • Travis Roach BOTHELL, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      These tennis courts provide important services to the community. Tennis is the best lifetime sport and helps fight child and adult obesity.

      Please allow the smiles, personal development and friendship creation going on at these courts to continue.

      Keeping these courts open will make a great a large number of individuals in a variety of communities where LA Fitness is located very pleased with the company. The tennis community is a very passionate and vocal group.

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    • Dennis Johnson GIG HARBOR, WA
      • almost 3 years ago

      It was a near daily part of my life and I miss it terribly. I would be happy to pay $50 a month for the same right that I had at $20 a month!

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    • Ananta Khatri MIAMI, FL
      • almost 3 years ago

      If more courts are taken down, its bad for the sport. Tennis is a great way to stay fit for many people while having fun. As a fitness program, they should not be closing down tennis courts.

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