Kenwood courts: Love, tennis

The Kenwood Park Tennis Court officially reopen this Sunday, Sept. 23 after a two-year fundraising and renovation project.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is slated for noon at the courts, which are at the corner of Franklin and Logan Avenues South.

The Kenwood Courts renovation is the result of a coalition of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the United States Tennis Association and the Kenwood Isles Tennis Association’s Support The Courts project. Support the Courts is an all-volunteer fundraising organization focused on rebuilding dilapidated Minneapolis public tennis courts. The group focuses on courts used by youth tennis programs.

“Tennis courts are a valuable asset to neighborhoods, but cities across the country are finding it difficult to maintain and upgrade their facilities,” said Ellen Doll, president of Support The Courts in a prepared statement. “If our youth and school programs don’t have playable courts, they can’t learn, practice or play matches. Unfortunately, youth programs have been cut in recent years as courts around Minneapolis have deteriorated.”

The Kenwood courts are Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board’s largest bank of public tennis courts.

“We started with Kenwood since it’s the city’s biggest bank of courts and draws thousands of players from across the metro area. We knew Kenwood would require significant infrastructure and utility work, so we wanted to ensure we could apply what we learned to the other sites,” said Tracy Nordstrom, vice president of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board in a statement.

The Kenwood Courts project cost approximately $404,000 to complete. The Park and Recreation Board provided $145,000; Lowry Hill Residents Inc. and Kenwood Isles Area Association combined to give $120,000; the United States Tennis Association gave $65,000 and private contributions accounted for $74,000.