April 10th, 2019 – The big site development priority this summer is to give you a place to pee! These washrooms will be housed in a 1,400 sq ft multipurpose Facility Centre. This 2-storey structure will be tucked into the hillside just beyond, and connected to, the viewing platform. The ground floor will have washrooms and change rooms, while upstairs there will be a spacious reception area, as well as a training room for our junior program and for adult members as well. A deck, accessible from the reception room, will span the access road and extend to the top of the tennis fence allowing for serious heckling of the players below, as well as splendid views across the valley.
We have already raised $100,000, with an additional $55,000 in grant applications pending. But even with our dedicated work-site volunteers and generous local suppliers, additional fundraising is crucial to achieving our 2019 goal, which at a minimum, is to get the ground floor washrooms completed and secure the rest of the building to lock-up. We are planning for a Community Gaming Grant in 2020 to complete the project with finishing of the Facility Centre interior, parking lot paving, and court lighting.
To make this a reality, we need your help! Our fundraising campaign has officially begun and the good news is immortality can be yours! Have your name engraved on the Wall of Gratitude in the reception centre: Diamond…$5,000; Platinum…$1,000; Gold…$500; Silver…$250; Bronze…$100.
Vamos gang! DONATE NOW! The tally will be announced at the Season Opener, Sat April 27, and the fundraiser will wind up May 3rd. Together we can git’er done!
Oct 1, 2019 – Generous contributions and helping hands get the job done
The site is now a Multisport Complex with four tennis, and three pickleball courts,
basketball, ball hockey, and a skateboard area. There is also a kids’ play area and
an outdoor classroom. Washrooms, equipment storage, and a clubhouse to
come! Our goal is to get more youth involved in sports, develop junior programs,
and even establish a Tennis Academy led by our brilliant coach, Matt Martin, to
work with high performance youngsters.
On time, and on budget, the $300,000+ project was launched in April 2018 after
we partnered with the School District to revitalize the tennis court site. Besides
the School District, major funding was received from Columbia Basin Trust.
The Nelson Tennis Club was the project designer, proponent, and on-site
construction manager. The Club members made the project possible through
more than 1,800 hours of on-site volunteer work throughout the summer. We
also received generous contributions from local suppliers and contractors. Thank
It’s a beauty!! Grand Opening 2:00-4:00pm September 22nd, 2018
July 2nd, 2018 – The light standard footings are in and electrical is in place! Fencing on the retaining wall is complete, and the paving is not too far off. Thank you again to our volounteer work crews for putting in time on the weekends.
June 11th, 2018 – The new facility at LVR is starting to take shape! Brady (excavator magician), Rob (energizer bunny), and Keith (fearless leader) are bringing the facility to life. The tree removal and gigantic retaining wall are complete. Water has been connected to the site. The courts have been ripped up and the overall landscaping/layout of the entire site is almost there. Next up is electrical, fence footings, viewing deck footings, and of course paving! Robby and Keith have been putting in long days so if you get a chance to swing by the new facility make sure you give those guys a high five! (Photo: viewing deck location overlooking all four courts and lake.)
April 16th, 2018 – The “Before” picture of our new home. Looking forward to seeing the “After”!
This new location is made possible by a partnership with School District #8
and a Recreation Infrastructure Grant from Columbia Basin Trust of $126,000. The new court surfaces will be fantastic to play on, and the new location will allow for tennis longer
into the fall season.