A notice has been placed on the side of the current courts to inform residents of the potential changes.
These would include two of the four courts that would move to a centralized reservation system – with a similar system already in place in 11 city courts.
Fred Perry will cover the cost of a deep court cleaning, court repair and repainting of the four courts if the proposals go ahead – with a potential cost of £ 11,000.
Fred Perry began repainting public tennis courts in 2019 as part of their “Court Makeover Program” to support community projects and support Fred Perry’s drive to include and increase the accessibility of the sport.
The Armley Park courts were nominated by the LTA regional team and were chosen as the preferred site by Fred Perry because they meet the criteria for trust – including a high population of potential users within the community. , the opportunity for community interest to grow and investment could also “extend the playing life” of the courts. Fred Perry will also fund school tennis tours (three local elementary schools) and free ongoing practice, according to the proposals.
The courts will remain free to access and those who do not wish to book will be able to “walk” to play as they are currently used, according to plans.
Courts can also be booked online free of charge for those who want to make sure they have a court on arrival, especially at peak times.
Residents can share their thoughts with Councilors and the Friends of Armley and Gotts Park group by October 20.
A banner has also been placed on the courts with more information.
Speaking to YEP about the plans, Councilor Lou Cunningham said: “We have been approached as members of the ward about the offer which includes a land overhaul and targeted coaching.
“Initially, one of the conditions of the makeover was that all courts go on a central reservation system.
“As advisers, we have negotiated to keep two of them in general open access rather than online reservation, so that anyone without digital access is excluded.
“We also wanted the Friends of Armley and Gotts Park to be involved in the process.
“We arranged a meeting with the Leeds Parks Department, a representative of the Lawn Tennis Association and Fred Perry as well as representatives of the friends of the group and agreed to inform our local community and seek their advice on the renovation and the reservation system had to happen before any decision was made.
“People can give their comments and give us their thoughts by October 20, either by email, by phone, on the Facebook friends group, and we have also put up a banner on the courts. with all the information. “
If the community agrees, work is expected to begin in the spring of 2022, Councilor Cunningham added.
Residents also spoke to YEP about their early thoughts on the plans.
Sarah Hastilow – who uses the courts “several times a week” – said she was excited about the prospect of the renovation.
She feared that people would “pass” if the courts were reserved on the system.
However, she said she would love the idea of classes for adults and children.
She added: “So interesting to see what happens when the renovation takes place.
“As adults we would like to access some lessons as well, but we think the ones for children are only in place for now, which is also great news.”
Sharon McConway added, “Keeping everything crossed and excited about the possibility that local schools could rent the courts mid-week for class.”
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