Thursday September 2, 2004
LOUISVILLE TENNIS CENTER SHOWS PROFIT IN FIRST YEAR OF NEW OPERATING AGREEMENT
LOUISVILLE (September 2, 2004) – The Louisville Tennis Center, which reopened as a staffed tennis facility in May after more than a year of downtime, will turn a profit for Metro Parks this year, according to budget estimates. The Tennis Center is projected to earn $13,500 for Metro Parks by the end of October, with approximately $3,000 in expenses.
“One of my first conversations with Mayor Abramson, after returning to Metro Parks a year ago, was about how to breathe new life into the Tennis Center,” said Michael J. Heitz, director of Metro Parks. “My goal was to make sure that the facility would break even this year, and become profitable in 2005. It’s great that our efforts to bring people back to the Tennis Center have paid off so quickly. Metro Parks and our contract operator have both put a lot of hard work into reviving the Tennis Center.”
Heitz also moved the department’s Athletics Office into the Tennis Center facility this year. This office manages youth and adult leagues, sells annual passes for the nine public Metro Parks golf courses, and handles reservations for athletic fields, shelters and lodges.
Through the end of July – the last month for which final numbers are available – the Louisville Tennis Center had collected $15,642.50 in league and clinic fees. Of that total, Metro Parks has received $7989.12, based on the terms of a contract with Head Pro Pete McGrath, who operates the Tennis Center’s programs under an annual agreement that can be renewed for 2005, if both parties choose to do so.
The Tennis Center offers leagues and lessons for all ages and skill levels, and hosted a popular youth tennis instruction program over the summer. This fall, the Tennis Center has courts available for open play any day or evening. The facility, which has nine clay courts, is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. Call 502/456-8140 to reserve court time.