New Hadley Park Tennis Center opens to public

State Rep Harold Love, Metro Parks Director Monique Odom, Mayor David Briley, Metro Councilman Ed Kindall and Metro Councilman Scott Davis at the dedication of new Hadley Park Tennis Center. (photo by Cass Teague)

The new Hadley Park Tennis Center will continue to offer tennis and recreation programs for all ages and abilities. For players looking for competitive match play, they offer tournaments and a variety of league play opportunities. Leagues include: In-house Hadley Singles play, Adult USTA team tennis, NALTA and MTTL women’s singles and doubles.

Under the leadership of Program Coordinator Terrence Quattlebaum the new center will continue to focus on year-round Junior and Adult Clinics and USTA Rallycats for youth. They have 2 USTA Pros — Rodney Williams and Kyle Burton — available to teach you the techniques and tactics to improve your tennis game through group or private lessons.

The Hadley Park Tennis Center provides an After School Program for our youth that runs from 3:00pm – 6:00pm / Monday – Friday that focuses on Enrichment and Tennis Skills Development. Junior Tennis Clinics to be held on the weekend. For the adult tennis players there are beginners and intermediate tennis classes. All classes are only $3.

The old inflatable enclosure has been replaced with a new metal truss and membrane structure that has a traditional entry building attached to the front of it. The intent of the project is to update the tennis facility and to separate its function from that of the Community Center. The new Tennis Center will operate as a completely standalone facility within Hadley Park with an approximately 100 square foot office, a reception area, water fountains, and two separate restrooms.

The new enclosure is insulated and not dependent on the flow of air to remain standing. It is equipped with back-drop curtains, court dividers, LED lighting, and an HVAC system. The project includes some sidewalk connections and storm water improvements outside of the building’s footprint.

Metro Parks Director Monique Odum welcomed the hundreds on hand for the opening, and thanked them for coming out in the heat. She also particularly thanked the Friends of Hadley Park Tennis group, and recognized the elected officials and dignitaries in attendance, including

“We are excited about this new facility for a variety of reasons,” said Odom. “But none more important than the fact that this building pays homage to the many students who learned to play tennis here in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s along with the dedicated instructors who taught them. Today it is our hope that this new, modern tennis facility will continue to be the beacon of inspiration that it has been in this community for many, many years.”

Odum then introduced Terry Shields, who commented on the History of Hadley Park Tennis.

“This is a great day for Hadley Park,” Shields said… “I’m Terry Shields, the Hadley Park Tennis club president, we’ve been around since 1953. We were founded by three university students, Mr. Watkins, Dr. Crump and Dr. Cozart. These individuals had a goal in mind of making tennis enjoyable and accessible to everyone that wanted to play and especially the youth in this area. They promoted the game thru city leagues, club matches and tournaments.

“Hadley started off with only 2 courts, which were directly behind the bubble and due to numerous request for additional courts the city added an additional 3 courts. This was huge for us (HPTC) it allowed the tennis club to introduce the game to more young people… We have several tennis club members here today … as you can see we’re still here thru challenging times, carrying on the legacy of the HPTC. Today is awesome and to enjoy this new facility with air conditioning when it’s hot outside is much appreciated.”

Shields introduced 21st District Metro Councilman Ed Kindall for his comments, after which Mayor Briley also gave a few brief remarks.The “Ribbon Cutting” ceremony was ‘cut’ due to the heat as the program was moved indoors inside the facility. Cookies and drinks were made available after the program.

Metro Parks will host a Grand Opeming Celebration for the Smith Spring Regional Community Center, at 2801 Smith Springs Road, on Saturday, July 21 at 10 a.m. Mayor David Briley, Councilwoman Karen Jones and Parks Director Monique Odom invite you to join in the fun, to bring your swim suits & trunks, and hear the Metro Parks Jam Band!