Build Tennis Courts in Thornton at the new $45M Rec Center
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The City of Thornton is building a new $45 Million Recreation Center in North Thornton off 136th and Holly and we are petitioning to add tennis courts to the new facility.
There are a shortage of tennis courts throughout the city and there are no plans to add courts at the new rec center.
We are looking for 1% of the total budget to be allocated towards tennis courts.
Tennis is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States
Tennis is the only traditional participation sport to be ranked in the Top 10 in terms of participation growth, out of nearly 120 sports and activities surveyed in the recently released Physical Activity Council (PAC) 2014 Participation Report. In the U.S., tennis grew by 658,000 players, or 4%, in the last year, to bring total tennis participation to 17.68 million players, according to PAC data.
The city of Thornton is also growing at a rapid rate and we are already seeing shortages in tennis courts. According to the USTA, a city with a population of 100,000 residents should have 80 tennis courts. Thornton's population is already 30% above that # and we aren't even close to 80 public courts, especially when you take into account the high school courts which aren't open to the public.
Thornton Tennis Association is the largest adult sports group in Thornton and represents hundreds of members throughout the city.
In addition to the growing demand of tennis, tennis courts can also provide a revenue stream for the city through tennis lessons and leagues.
Let's get our kids off the computers and games and provide them an option to get outside and be a part of a growing sport.
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