Tennis Club Park was developed to be a neighborhood ‘in-fill’ park with the objective to provide positive economic impact to the surrounding community and also serve as the City’s premier tennis court facility.
This well used twin court tennis facility, adjacent to several residential homes, did not meet local demand and was in decline. Poor lighting gave way to vandalism and children’s play equipment was dated and worn. Parking was worn and required expansion, the park lacked basic amenities and the Lake bank was overgrown with invasive plant species. Our plan was not only to renovate this park, but research community interests and desires for the facility.
Facilitating community meetings ascertained the needs and wants of area resident’s. Though several coordinated efforts; common interests and activities were documented, along with available City resources and the facility strengths. Tennis courts and play equipment were among the most requested amenities, particularly by parents who needed to occupy their children while they were engaged on the courts. We also learned of a growing community interest in tournament level horseshoes and although the park appeared congested, it contained ample area; the original design was not utilizing the parks strength or maximizing its functional capacity.
Modifying the court layouts allowed for 2 additional courts and near-by parking. An aeration fountain resolved the algae issues, while creating an attractive water feature.
We integrated vandal proof security lighting for evening activities while reducing glare into the adjacent residential neighborhood. Tournament level tennis and horseshoe courts were designed and approved by their National Associations.
Site features such as restroom facilities, drinking fountains, bike racks, seating and picnic areas were designed to provide convenience, comfort and expand park usage. The multi-use amenities encouraged greater family participation, and comprehensive use of the parks true capacity. We also developed the parks identification signage, which was ultimately adopted by the City, and became the community wide standard for the City of Seminole’s identification, which included ‘Welcome’ signs down to vehicular logos.