Nelson Tennis Club receives major contribution from CBT Recreation Infrastructure Grant Program
The Nelson Tennis Club's revitalization project above L.V. Rogers High School received a major boost after successfully obtaining major funding from Columbia Basin Trust’s Recreation Infrastructure Grant Program.
The CBT's grant of $126,000 brings the total funds raised to more than $225,000. A joint venture between Nelson Tennis Club and Kootenay Lake School District 8 originally raised $104,000 for thep project.
“This is about renewing a degraded site – it’s about partnering with School District 8 to get more kids and community members playing tennis and other outdoor sports,” said NTC’s President Keith Bridger. “We are, therefore, really appreciative of Columbia Basin Trust’s invaluable contribution and are excited about getting on with the work this spring.”
The new and improved site will provide a facility for sports like tennis, pickleball, basketball as well as ball hockey courts.
Now that most of the funds have been raised, shovels are expected to hit the ground in May with site clean-up and the removal of felled trees from the hillside. The next step is the removal of the old asphalt and invading tree roots will be removed from the court surface, followed by repaving, surfacing and painting the courts, and finally the installation of lighting and fencing.
“We are pleased the Columbia Basin Trust’s Recreation Infrastructure Grant has been awarded to this project,” says SD8 Chair Lenora Trenaman. “The School Distict and the Nelson Tennis Club look forward to a long-term relationship in which our students benefit. The new opportunities offered by this announcement will support our P.E. classes, assist in student health and well-being, and benefit our athletics programs for years to come.”
Currently, NTC operates three courts on land owned by Granite Pointe Golf Club, but was unable to get a 10-year rental agreement necessary to take on court improvements. The new location has four courts that would enable NTC to host sanctioned tournaments and bring more visitors to Nelson. As part of the agreement with the School District, NTC will be responsible for court maintenance and future court resurfacing costs which will reduce downstream costs to SD8 and ensure the courts remain in good condition.
“Moreover, our Club is fortunate to have a terrific instructor in Matt Martin, a former BC Junior Champion. In addition to his popular adult clinics, Matt, with support from TennisBC, will be expanding the Junior Development Program which will be in-school in winter and outdoors at the new LVR courts in summer. Eventually, we also want to develop a Tennis Academy for high-performance youngsters,” said Bridger.
“First, however, there is a lot of hard work to be done in the months ahead, but thanks to Columbia Basin Trust, we anticipate a first-class sports facility will be ready at the school by the end of July.”