OAKLAND (BCN) – Tennis courts near Lake Merritt that had been taken over by a homeless camp will reopen for tennis players on Saturday now that homeless people have been successfully transferred to supportive housing and that the courts have been renovated, city officials said.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a youth and adult tennis tournament and playing time from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Athol Plaza tennis courts at 1750 Lakeshore Ave ., according to Oakland Office Chairman Nikki Fortunato Bas.
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Bas will appear at the event with Dr. August Varlack of Friends of Athol Tennis Courts and Laney Tennis and Marc Weinstein, Director of Tennis, Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development.
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Since 2020, Bas’s office has worked with advocates, community partners and the City of Oakland Department of Human Services to transfer homeless people who previously lived on Athol’s tennis courts to alternative options. ‘accommodation. These include the Lake Merritt Lodge, which serves the elderly and those with health issues and disabilities.
The tennis court renovation project included new court flooring and hardware.
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