A Message from our Parks & Rec Director, Indra Winquest:
Spring is here and summer is just around the corner! On behalf of the entire Parks & Recreation Department, we would like to welcome the Tennis and Pickle Ball Community back for the 2018 season! As most of you know already, Serena Quarelli decided to step down as the Director of Tennis after last season. Serena’s passion and commitment to making our Tennis Center a place for everyone to be proud of has been exemplary. We hope to see Serena make a guest appearance this season, but I think I speak for the entire Tennis and Pickle Ball Community by saying how much we will all miss her.
Change is in the air! You will see some new faces but most of the familiar faces are back. We would like to welcome back Head Tennis Professional, Randy Berg, who will be taking on more of a leadership role this season focusing primarily on the adult programming, socials/mixers and assisting in keeping the facilities in great shape. Tennis Professional, Josh Olivas, will be taking on a leadership role as our youth tennis coordinator, making sure all of the youth programming is outstanding. We would also like to welcome back part time teaching professionals: Jim Ward, Deanne Larsell, Nick Saadi, as well as Junior Tennis Coaches: Dominic Morelli and Ingrid Carlson. Danielle Pearson is returning as our Senior Tennis Host in the Pro Shop. We feel extremely lucky to have Danielle’s skillset handling the pro shop operations. Pickle Ball ambassador and teaching pro Bill Hub will also be returning handling pickle ball lessons and programming, with Bev Keil again helping organize the Pickle Ball program! Thank you Bill and Bev for all that you do for the Pickle Ball community!
We are also excited to announce that Shane Goddard, Recreation Supervisor for Youth and Adult Sports, as well as Athletic Facilities booking and event management, will be taking on every day supervisory responsibilities at the Tennis Center. Shane has served with the Parks & Recreation Department for ten years, and is well versed in programming and facility management as well as all administration aspects and requirements related to the Tennis Center. Most importantly, Shane is a great communicator and provides a high level of customer service. Along with Shane, Recreation Manager, Chris Cardador will also be assuming management responsibility of the Tennis Center again this season. Chris did an outstanding job working with Serena the last two seasons, and developed a strong understanding of Tennis Center operations. Like Shane, Chris also has a very diverse skill set and is a fantastic communicator as well. We are confident that this amazing team will work together toward continuing to enhance and improve the Tennis Center operations and build on the foundation that has been established.
This season you will also notice some operational and capital maintenance and enhancement projects throughout the summer. In late May (weather depending) locally owned Color Crafters will be working on two projects. As a result of the continuing growth of Pickle Ball, Court 11 will be dedicated solely for Pickle Ball, and court 11 will be resurfaced and painted for Pickle Ball play only. Permanent net structures will be installed as well as some safety netting in between courts. Court 10 will remain joint use for both Pickle Ball and Tennis. Additionally, Color Crafters will be performing the annual crack fill maintenance on courts 1 -7.
This Fall, we will be resurfacing courts 3 – 7 and will be transitioning to the US Open blue color as you currently see on courts 1-2 and 8-11. As part of the resurfacing project, we will be adding some much needed drainage improvements to courts which will significantly improve drainage and eliminate some existing challenges that staff faces with routine maintenance as well as major drainage issues in the winter and during heavy rains.
Lastly, we are in the process of hiring a design consultant to work with staff and the tennis community to develop conceptual design concepts for planned renovations in Fall 2019. Exploring renovation opportunities including the pro shop, restroom facilities, deck and gathering area, kitchen facilities, and storage.
We hope that you enjoy the Tennis and Pickle Ball Center this season! Please inquire about all of the fantastic programs and services the Tennis Center has to offer. Please like us on Facebook for all of our latest events and program information, or sign up for the Tennis Center eflyer! Our outstanding staff is ready to make sure that you have a great season at the Tennis Center! See you on the courts!
Director of Parks & Recreation