By Jake Moe
Jake Moe, the tennis coach at Seattle’s Blanchet High School, has been actively involved in the creation of Tennis Center Sand Point for more than 14 years and owns a small stake in the facility.
When the new Tennis Center Sand Point in Magnuson Park opens it’s doors next Friday, Aug. 30, Jim Mount, a longtime Laurelhurst resident and local accountant, will finally realize a dream of being able to play tennis year round. As a member of his high-school state championship golf team in Spokane, Mount switched his focus to tennis decades ago when his kids got into the tennis. In fact, he started an annual July 4 doubles tournament in the local park that has crowned champions for over 20 years. In recent years, however, his men’s USTA tennis team has had to take a break from their weekly workouts and competitions due to a lack of indoor courts for practice and matches.
That all changes when the 10 beautiful indoors courts open for the first time. The Grand Opening Gala, benefitting the Brettler Family Center for low-income housing in Magnuson Park is Friday evening, Aug. 30. For tickets to this fun and memorable event go to www.TennisCenterSandPoint.com.
The Tennis Center Sand Point is a public facility developed and managed by a private group that has leased the park land as part of a long-term contract. The $6 million required to construct the center all came from a large group of private individuals. This public/private strategy is something cities around the country are doing more frequently to add public amenities without taxing the citizens at large.
Tennis Center Sand Point is expecting to quickly become a beehive of activity with programs for kids as young as 3 years old, a robust juniors program, school tennis team practices and matches, a high performance academy, Seattle University matches, women’s leagues, men’s leagues, cardio tennis, corporate fitness and a full seniors program. For more than 17 hours per day, tennis fans will be able to hear the sweet sound of tennis strings hitting those small yellow balls. And when all done with their tennis, players will be able to eat at the onsite Cloud City Cafe, shop in the All That Racquet Pro Shop, shower in the well-appointed locker rooms and even have a meeting in the corporate board room.
Jim Mount and all the tennis players in the Northwest have waited for a long time for this dream to come true.
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