Monday, March 4, 2013
Paddle tennis courts could open in Wilmette as early as September, Chicago Tribune reports.
Wilmette Park District is conducting a nationwide search for a paddle tennis pro for the four paddle tennis courts the district is planning to build at West Park, the district is waiting for zoning relief from the village before construction could begin, Chicago Tribune reported. The park district has earmarked about $58,000 to hire a part-time professional paddle tennis instructor for 10 months to get a league started and has contacted national paddle tennis organizations and posted the position on their websites, Chicago Tribune reported. Wilmette Park District approved constructing four platform tennis courts and a warming hut at West Park during a July 2012 meeting. The facility to be built at 3555 Lake Ave. is estimated to cost …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Four courts and a warming hut are expected to be built at West Park. The project is estimated to cost $1.2 million.
Wilmette Park District board has approved building platform tennis court in the village. Wilmette Board of Park commissioners approved constructing four platform tennis courts and a warming hut at West Park during the July 9 meeting. The facility to be built at 3555 Lake Ave. is estimated to cost about $1.2 million and two additional courts could be built if demand increases. The proposal, however, did not pass without some dissent. Three out of the seven commissioners voted against it, due to concerns that the number of paddle tennis participants would not compensate for the cost of building the facility, and that rising property tax rates were creating a less than optimal environment for new construction projects. Commissioners …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Wilmette Park District held the first public hearing Monday. If the proposed $1.2 million paddle court is approved, the district would fund it with its cash reserves.
Wilmette residents offered mostly positive feedback during the first platform tennis public hearing Monday. The sport, a downsized fusion of tennis and racket ball, is played on a heated raised platform, making the sport accessible year-round. Wilmette Park District is proposing to build four paddle tennis courts at the south end of West Park, 3555 Lake Ave. The preliminary estimated cost of the project is $1.2 million but could change, commissioners said. “We are looking at doing this because Winnetka’s (paddle facility) is at capacity,” said James Brault, president of Wilmette Park District, during the meeting. Supporters of platform tennis, also known as paddle, agree, and say the sport is growing in popularity. “Chicago is really a …
Monday, June 18, 2012
Wilmette Park District will host the first of two public hearings 7 p.m. tonight (06/18), at the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Wilmette Park District will host two public hearings in June to gather input on a proposed platform tennis facility at West Park.
Fans of platform tennis will be able to share their feedback on a proposal to install four paddle tennis courts and a warming hut in Wilmette during two public meetings. Wilmette Park District has proposed to build the paddle facility at the south end of West Park, 3555 Lake Ave. The project is estimated to cost $1.2 million. The first public hearing will be held on June 18, 7 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd. The second hearing will be held June 25, 7 p.m. at Wilmette Village Hall, 1200 Wilmette Ave. Platform tennis, also known as paddle, is a “down-sized game of tennis,” where the courts are a quarter the size of a standard tennis court, according to the American Platform Tennis Association. A fusion of …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Wilmette Park District is expected to host a public hearing for platform tennis in early June.
Fans of platform tennis will soon be able to have their say after Wilmette Park District board approved hosting a public hearing on the sport during Monday’s meeting. “Probably in the first part of June is what I’m targeting,” said Steve Wilson, executive director, Wilmette Park District, regarding a date for the public hearing. Platform tennis, also known as paddle, is a “down-sized game of tennis,” where the courts are a quarter the size of a standard tennis court, according to the American Platform Tennis Association. A fusion of racquetball, squash and tennis, platform tennis is an outdoor sport suitable for winter because it’s played on a raised platform with heating systems beneath it to melt off snow and ice. Developed in New York …