A committee of community members, school administrators and city officials is working toward the development of a Community Tennis Center in Hudson. This outdoor facility is planned to replace the existing six courts at Hudson High School. The proposed facility is part of the Hudson City School District Master Plan for Athletic Facilities.
The existing six tennis courts are the only public tennis courts in the City of Hudson. They were constructed during the building of the high school in 1992. Although the courts have been resurfaced several times, they are in need of replacement.
The impetus for this project began with community members Hugo Sandberg and Tom Tobin. Sandberg has lived in Hudson for 18 years and Tobin is a lifelong Hudson resident. The Committee has been working on the project since September 2012.
The vision of this project is to create a Community Tennis Center. The tennis center will be built at the High School and eventually contain ten courts, all with lights, as well as a pavilion. The pavilion will enable meetings, storage, programming, and space for shade. A ten court facility will expand opportunities for play by school teams, HCER programming and community. Increased program opportunities including more instruction as well as special event offering can be initiated. A facility of this capacity will allow Hudson to complete to host high school playoff and conference tournaments, as well as USTA special events and tournaments. These events will drive economic activity for the Hudson community and businesses. Lighted courts will extend the available times when community members will be able to use the courts.
The cost of this project is estimated to be $1.03 million. The projects will be constructed in phases as funds become available. Phase l is planned for summer 2014 and will consist of rebuilding the existing six courts. This phase will cost $280,000. Phase 1 is now funded.
The Committee is working toward raising the additional funds needed for the next phase of the project.