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Councilman Unseld joins Metro Parks To Break Ground on New Tennis Courts in Central Park

Thursday June 3, 2010

New tennis courts are coming to Central Park, thanks to a collaboration between Metro Councilman George Unseld (D-6), Metro Parks , and citizens who play on the park’s public courts.

A $350,000 renovation project will replace six existing tennis courts with new tournament-quality asphalt courts, including new nets and fencing. The courts, which will be among the best in Louisville, will be spaced in sets of two, so that bleachers and lights can be added as a future phase, using $150,000 being raised by tennis players and park neighbors.

“I hope the renovations to these tennis courts will enhance Central Park as an important recreational resource for the Old Louisville area,” said Unseld, who secured the funding through previous capital budget appropriations. “These improvements are long overdue and at the same time go hand in hand with maintaining the quality of all park areas in Metro Louisville.”

The new tennis courts will be ready for use this fall. The bleachers and lights will be added once private funds are raised.

Metro Parks has 155 tennis courts in 43 local parks, including the Louisville Tennis Center in Joe Creason Park. All courts are asphalt, except for the 11 clay courts at the Tennis Center, and six clay courts in Chickasaw Park.

Central Park is a 16-acre Olmsted Park in Old Louisville, located at 1340 South Sixth Street. It’s the home of the Old Louisville Information Center and, for the past 50 years, free Shakespeare in Central Park performances during the summer.