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One of our viewers contacted us last August, concerned about the neglected tennis courts at East Lake Park.
After months of waiting, these tennis courts are now getting a facelift and will offer more accessible fitness for everyone.
The park has a popular walking path and space for music lovers and artists.
“I’ve been sitting in this park for five-six years,” Yogi Dada said.
Dada said the park was a landscape where she could relax and unwind – across from dilapidated tennis courts.
“If we had something more communal, that would be wonderful,” Dada said. “I’m passionate about East Lake Park, everyone knows it’s my park.”
Overgrown weeds, missing netting and cracked concrete take away the charm of the lake, but that’s about to change.
“I think it’s going to add a new dynamic to this park both in the amount of use the park gets but also the overall ability to get out and enjoy it,” said district councilor two Hunter Williams.
Williams said the largest and premier outdoor fitness court will replace neglected tennis courts.
“I think having new infrastructure and something new will certainly not just be an attraction, but something that the park board can sustain,” Williams said.
This will create a whole new outdoor gym space.
“A lot of people don’t have the access or the funds to be able to go to gyms and stay healthy,” said park visitor Laney Kronz. “I think it’s such a great idea because people can be healthy and not have to pay or go broke just to try to get a gym membership.”
This is a revitalization effort. Williams said Birmingham needed to do more.
“We wanted to make sure it’s something the whole community can use and enjoy,” Williams said.
It is a beauty that Dada wants to keep.
“The beauty of that will come in the interview,” Dada said. “Building something beautiful and keeping something beautiful will be powerful.”
Williams said the project has been in the works since 2019, but the pandemic slowed the process to get money in place and the right equipment to fill the space.
The project should be completed within the next two months, weather permitting. Williams said it’s ADA compliant, which means it’s available to everyone with a price tag of just under a quarter of a million dollars.
There will be no more tennis courts, the outdoor gym area will replace the courts.