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November
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Community Meeting Planned to Discuss Improvements to Audubon Park Tennis Courts

On Tuesday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 10, Audubon Commission will host public engagement sessions regarding Audubon Tennis as part of the Audubon Park Master Plan process that began in 2018.

Tennis infrastructure, facilities, and programing will be discussed during these public input sessions in Audubon Team Room from 6 to 7 p.m.

Audubon is seeking community feedback during these meetings, and those interested in the project are also able to provide input in the form below.

“There was much enthusiasm surrounding tennis during the last set of Audubon Park Master Plan public input sessions, so we are excited to continue the conversation about the future of the Audubon Park Tennis Courts,” said Audubon’s Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and General Counsel Rebecca Dietz. “These courts have been a part of the community for over 100 years, and we are eager to discuss their next chapter.”

Audubon Tea Room is located at 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.

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Comments 1 - 14 (14)
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B.J.
06
December
2019
I'm a local coach/pro & manager of private & public tennis facilities, operations & programming with 18 years experience. A robust junior program is essential; red/orange/green and yellow ball programs are your pipeline of new players and helpful for financial viability. Clay courts are great, but to be a viable tennis operation (more appealing to all tennis players) you should add hard courts. Lights are great. If the politics are favorable, you should add them. You can charge a premium fee for night use to offset the costs. A plan to increase court usage during the dead time of 12-3 weekdays is always a challenge. Please feel free to email me if you would like some ideas to accomplish this...
Daniel LaGrone
05
December
2019
I am a frequent user of the Audubon tennis courts- more than 50 times a year. I am a member of the Audubon Tennis Club. From my perspective, the number 1 priority should be keeping at least 10 clay courts. Any improvements would be appreciated, but not at the expense of the 10 clay courts. From what I understand, most (nearly all) of users of the courts choose to play on the courts because of the surface. As players age, hard courts take a toll on the knees and hips. I will not be able to play with any frequency, if I have to play on hard courts.
David Band
03
December
2019
Keep 'em and add lights.
Jen
01
December
2019
LIGHTS! As Nicole said, these are the best courts in the city, and there are many of us that would like to utilize them in the evening.
Marios Malikoutis
18
November
2019
Dear Sirs,

Tennis courts unfortunately lack night lights. Competing tennis courts in New Orleans have night lights and extend their hours of operations by half a day and subsequently receive additional revenue. Especially during week days, people are working and can only play during night time/after hours that the facility closes.

As a user of the tennis courts I highly recommend that an investment on night lights would increase dramatically the usage of the courts and would bring more revenue during the most demanding hours which is during weekdays afterhours.

Hope this request will be heard as a natural evolution of a tennis court that can better serve tennis funs in New Orleans.

Thank you

Marios
Harold Steinitz
13
November
2019
As a player for many years there, there are several upgrades that would be essential, including Improved shower and bathrooms, Tennis shop, and at least two additional courts, hopefully with lighting for evening play. There are many weekend hours in particular that have as many as 10 people waiting for court availability, clearly demonstrating that additional courts could be fully utilized.
Marc Wagner
13
November
2019
I'd strongly urge the committee to consider adding lighting to the facility, along with an upgraded clubhouse. Hard courts would be a nice addition as well.
Blaine Lindsey
13
November
2019
More courts that are fenced in single (instead of two courts within a fence) or had some sort of barrier would get beginners to play more. Also, a state of the art practice wall is always a benefit.
Bebe Ryan
12
November
2019
I'm so glad to see ANI prioritizing tennis after hearing the community advocate for this for many years. Although I plan to attend to express specific support for the tennis programming, I am discouraged that both public input sessions are held on the same day of the week (Tuesday) and same time (6-7). This is challenging time for those with children and/or standing commitments on Tuesdays. We expect better access to sharing our input!
Dawn Taulbee
12
November
2019
I would suggest slight improvements to the "clubhouse/office area" as well as lighting for night play and shade during the summer. In addition, I would create or improve online access to reserving courts/court scheduling/available leagues/lessons/etc.
Peter Van Dusen
12
November
2019
Please keep the tennis courts!
Nicole
12
November
2019
Hi, thanks for asking for the community's input. The courts are beautifully maintained and the staff wonderful, and it's the best place to play in the city. Most importantly, many players would love to see lights for night-time play. It would make the summer bearable, allow for league play, and the opportunity to play for those that either work or in school all day. Secondly, shade cover over the court benches would also help during the hot months. And finally, make some of the parking on the park side next to the courts reserved for the tennis courts as it's always overtaken by Children's construction workers during the week and Avenger Field activities on the weekend. Thanks, and see you at the meeting.
Jay Gallagher
12
November
2019
A few more courts can never hurt.

If adding lighting, LED.

Thx
MA
12
November
2019
1. Electronic scheduling and payments. 2. Electronic notification system about closures. 3. Lights! 4. Foul ball protection. 5. Rain tarps or court covers.

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