The Edmond Sun

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June 9, 2014

Schools approach city for new tennis center

EDMOND — The City of Edmond has been approached by Edmond Public Schools about partnering for a new tennis facility in Edmond, Assistant City Manager Steve Commons said.

“They see that as a real opportunity to meet a need …,” Commons said Monday at the strategic mid-year review workshop with the City Council.

Early discussion of the project suggests the partnership would be similar to the way the city and schools reap mutual benefits at the $22.5 million Edmond Recreation and Aquatic Center at Mitch Park YMCA. The city partnered with the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City and Edmond Public Schools to bring the complex online earlier this year.

Commons did not discuss a location, but said the city could consider a “very nice tennis project to add what we already have in the community.”

More discussion will follow the city’s first conversation with Edmond Public Schools, he said.

“The public schools talked about it in terms with an upcoming bond issue,” Commons said. “They may be talking a lot more about it, a lot quicker than I anticipated.”

Mayor Charles Lamb said he has heard the school system was considering investing in a tennis complex. As sports complexes are developed, it is important to keep in mind that they are an economic venue for the city, Lamb said.

“I think tennis would certainly fit in that window,” Lamb said.

The city currently owns the KickingBird Tennis Center next to the golf course, 1500 E. Danforth Road. This facility has 11 outdoor courts including a stadium court with seating plus three indoor courts. The city made improvements to the facility in 2012 and 2013 including painting the courts and light posts and replacing fencing.

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