13 tennis courts across four parks in Edinburgh, Scotland, will reopen this summer after undergoing renovations worth £190,000.
The improvements to the courts in Inverleith Park, Leith Links, Victoria Park and St. Margaret’s Park were funded by the City of Edinburgh Council, UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation. The courts have undergone extensive work – from resurfacing, repainting lines, new fencing, nets and a new booking gate system – to ensure their future viability.
As part of the partnership, City of Edinburgh Council’s Parks and Greenspace service will manage the courts. It will adopt the LTA’s Clubspark booking system to manage community access, which will be connected to a smart access gate at each of the refurbished venues.
The redevelopment works were managed by tennis’ national governing body, LTA, as part of its Parks Tennis Project, which is delivering the biggest ever investment in parks tennis facilities across Britain. The nationwide programme of investment will see thousands of existing park tennis courts in poor or unplayable condition brought back to life.
Investment into parks is one way in which LTA is working to open tennis up across Scotland, in partnership with Tennis Scotland. The LTA, Tennis Scotland and sportscotland are also delivering the £15m Transforming Scottish Indoor Tennis fund, to provide more year-round community accessible tennis provision.
Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, said: “After months of hard work, we will soon see park tennis courts across Edinburgh officially back open to the public, and in better shape than ever.
“Public tennis courts are such vital facilities for getting active and we want as many people as possible, of all ages and abilities, to pick up a racket and enjoy playing tennis.”