The Arlington Heights community has been able to enjoy the game of tennis through Forest View Racquet and Fitness Club, Heritage Tennis Club, and outdoor tennis courts located at a number of community parks. Accepting this grant will be beneficial to tennis players and the Arlington Heights community; as well as St. Viator High School. The community of Arlington Heights will enjoy the improvements of the outdoor courts at Forest View Racquet and Fitness Club through assistance from The US Tennis Association (USTA).
The USTA has granted the Arlington Heights Park District $14,000 in funding towards the reconstruction of six 78 foot outdoor tennis courts at Forest View Racquet and Fitness Club. According to Virgil Christian, the Director of Community Development and facilities at USTA "a goal of the grant is to provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments and we are happy to partner with the Arlington Heights Park District." Improving facilities gives the USTA and the Arlington Heights Park District another way to promote a healthy lifestyle. This grant will allow the Park District to continue to have tennis programs for younger generations and advance the latest tennis innovations for all program types.
The USTA created 10 and Under Tennis to encourage children to "play to learn" rather than "learn to play," and it has quickly become one of the most significant initatives to introduce tennis to youth. The Arlington Heights Park District was an early supporter of this program and offers classes to 10 and Under students. This program continues to grow year after year and these improvements will be a great benefit not only for the newest tennis player, but for all players. The grant from the USTA will assist the Arlington Heights Park District with renovations to Forest View Racquet and Fitness Club’s six outdoor courts, that will now be equipped with blended lines used for 10 and Under players. According to the General Manager of USTA Player Development, Patrick McEnroe, "long-term development starts the first time a young child walks on the tennis court."
The Arlington Height Park District is excited to have these improvements made for the youth program. Renovations also included complete resurfacing of the six courts, new fencing, and an expanded parking lot. The installation of a permanent 20’ x 40’ shade structure is a new addition to the brick patio viewing area. There is also discussion regarding the installation of new energy efficient court lighting fixtures.
The Arlington Heights Park District is one of twenty programs across the Midwest that has benefited from the USTA grant program. The Arlington Heights Park District is honored to accept this grant for those that continue to play the game of tennis throughout the community. According to Superintendent of Recreation Cathy Puchalski, "feedback from the public has been extremely positive from senior groups to the Forest View staff, and everyone is eager to show off the new facility." Tennis will continue to be promoted, and the Forest View Racquet and Fitness Club will be serving up improvements to their outdoor facilities with thanks to the USTA.
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