Logan Park tennis court work to start

Pending . . . Tennis Otago chairman John Alexander beside the Logan Park tennis courts. PHOTO: ODT FILES

Construction at the Logan Park tennis courts is set to start on Monday.

Contractor Fulton Hogan was given approval to begin stage 1 of the process in Alert Level 3.

Tennis Otago chairman John Alexander said the project was a “long time coming” had been working on since 2010.

Stage 1 of the redevelopment involved doing up a bay of eight courts and a lot of preparation was needed to make sure the ground was ready.

Fencing would also be installed.

The asphalt would have to wait until September, when the weather was warmer, Alexander said.

An acrylic top coat would then be put on and the courts marked.

Courts 1 and 2 would also be refreshed with a new top coat.

Stage 1, which would cost about $800,000, was expected to be completed next March.

Mr Alexander hoped stage 2 could start straight afterwards.

That involved realigning and resurfacing the final 10 courts. Four of those would have multi-
sport surface, so they could be used for other sports.

The next stage was then to either replace or refurbish the pavilion.

Alexander said there had been plenty of interest from other sports clubs about using the facilities.

“The idea . . . is we get other sporting bodies behind it and it becomes a sporting hub.”

Tennis Otago had received funding from Otago Community Trust, The Lion Foundation, Alexander McMillan Trust, AAW Jones Charitable Trust, and Otago Seniors Tennis.

Hunter and Sarah Stevenson were the naming rights sponsors.

They said, in a statement, their family had considerable involvement in tennis at all levels.

Compared with other South Island cities which had “outstanding complexes”, Dunedin was far behind.

“We are very aware of the tireless effort a small number of individuals over several years to try and make this project happen, and we are eager to see the Logan Park plans come to fruition.”

Tennis Otago life member Margaret Borland was “extremely happy” the redevelopment was finally starting.

Alexander said Tennis Otago still had about $50,000 left to fundraise for stage 1 and invited the tennis community to contribute.