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Beline Obeid
May 01, 2014
For the first time in several years, the tennis courts at Elworthy are getting an overhaul.

The tennis facility has the potential to be a vibrant place which can boast the tradition Grosse Pointe South boys' and girls' tennis teams worked hard to achieve throughout the decades.

Grosse Pointer Kirk Haggarty has helped establish a fundraiser for the Elworthy Tennis Court project.

"This is a really exciting project that will provide tremendous enhancement to the Elworthy tennis courts," Haggarty said. "Elworthy is centrally located for the entire Grosse Pointe community and thus to have a first class tennis facility will really drive growth of the game, as well as providing Grosse Pointe with yet another first class facility (Neighborhood Club, Farms Pier, City Park...etc)."

John Willard, the South varsity tennis boys' head coach and South varsity tennis girls' head coach Mark Sobieralski are helping Haggarty raise funds for the project.

The three are working with the City of Grosse Pointe and the Grosse Pointe Public School System on the project to resurface the tennis courts.

They are looking to raise between $17,000 to $30,000 in private donations to bridge the gap in funding the resurfacing and some other enhancements to the tennis court area.

More specifically, the plan calls for tearing out and completely replacing four courts and then stripping and resurfacing the remaining six courts.

Upon completion, all of the courts will be painted and striped to have a consistent and first-class appeal.

This project is being economically funded and managed by both the Grosse Pointe Public School System (the land owner of Elworthy Park, fields and tennis courts) and the City of Grosse Pointe (the land lessee) and construction is slated to commence later this month.

According to Haggarty, the City of Grosse Pointe and GPPSS have collectively provided $88,060 of funding for the project, but in order to complete it, an additional $17,000 to $30,000 must be provided.

In the absence of additional funding, some of the courts will not be resurfaced and thus remain in their current condition in need of repair.

In addition, the minimum amount of $17,000 enables all of the courts to be repaired and resurfaced.

The maximum of $30,000 enables the facility to have some additional amenities.

All contributions are tax deductible and they receive a receipt. Contributions must be made out to the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS), memo line Elworthy Tennis Courts.

"We are very fortunate to live in a beautiful community that has first-class facilities such as the city piers/parks, and the new Neighborhood Club," Haggarty said in a memo to those who want to donate. "Given the generosity of the Grosse Pointe Public School System and the City of Grosse Pointe, we are in a position to substantially upgrade the tennis courts at Elworthy Park so that they too will mirror the aforementioned first-class facilities in our community and be available for use to all Grosse Pointe residents.

"As a resident and tennis supporter/enthusiast, there is a terrific opportunity to play a role in financially supporting this project and substantially enhancing the Elworthy Park tennis court."

For more information, contact Haggarty at khaggarty1@comcast.net.

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