Park City tennis center honored
The USTA announced that the Candy Erickson Tennis Center at the PC MARC in Park City has been awarded the highest USTA Facility honor as it has been named the 2016 Featured Facility. In its 35th year, the USTA Facility Awards program recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. The Candy Erickson Tennis Center will be honored in New York City on Sept. 1 at an awards luncheon.
The Candy Erickson Tennis Center at the PC MARC opened in late 2011 and is home to Park City’s recreation and tennis departments. The center was a $10.5 million endeavor on the part of Park City and its residents to provide a world-class recreation area to partner with the two nearby world-renowned ski resorts, Deer Valley and Park City. The PC MARC is an 11-court indoor/outdoor facility that includes a pro shop and many other amenities. PC Tennis currently has six full-time PTR/USPTA certified pros and 14 part-time tennis pros to serve the nearly 1,200 residents and guests who play tennis in Park City. PC Tennis has a large junior tennis program and works with several summer camps, schools, church groups and adaptive athlete organizations throughout the year sharing tennis with the many Summit County residents and visitors. The facility also serves as the home courts for Park City Miners High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams.
“Great tennis facilities like the Candy Erickson Tennis Center help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “The Candy Erickson Tennis Center has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of its community each year.”
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
Facilities were judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.
Nominated facilities were voted on in the following categories: Public courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; educational institutions; and private facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public.
All 2016 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. Certificates of award will be made available to park and recreation departments, schools and those professionals responsible for the design, construction and maintenance of the facility. In addition, a one-year complimentary membership to the USTA will be awarded to each winning facility.
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