The Wirral Parks TENNIS courts will benefit from major investments that will improve the facilities and ensure their long-term sustainability.
The £300,000 funding is provided by the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) with the aim of bringing and maintaining public tennis courts to a good standard of playability for the benefit of local communities. .
In Wirral, this will see improvements to 36 courts across 12 different park tennis venues in the borough.
All venues will receive a new gate system linked to the LTA’s reservation system, while courts in the worst condition will be refurbished and others refurbished and upgraded in various ways.
Alongside this investment, Wirral Council will work with the LTA and its partners to introduce a new way of managing tennis in the parks that will aim to increase participation through better programming, engagement with communities and maintaining affordable and accessible sport.
The goal is for the plan to be approved in the fall. The 12 sites that would benefit from the improvements are:-
- Arrowe Park (one lot)
- Ashton Park, West Kirby (two)
- Birkenhead Park (six)
- Coronation Park, Greasby (one)
- Harrison Park, Wallasey (seven)
- Upper Bebington Park (three)
- Irby Park (two)
- Marine Park, New Brighton (four)
- Meols Parade Gardens (two)
- New Ferry Park (four)
- Saughall Barn (two)
- Torr Park, Eastham (two)
Cllr Liz Grey, Chair of Wirral Council’s Environment, Climate Emergencies and Transport Committee, said: ‘We welcome this significant investment from the LTA. If the local tennis courts are improved and of a higher standard, we hope that many more people will be able to enjoy tennis locally. This will be a fundamental part of Wirral’s new sport and physical activity strategy and is closely linked to the Wirral 2026 plan which prioritizes health equity in the borough.
“As well as increasing activity levels to improve health and well-being, by providing good quality facilities locally, the committee was keen to ensure this would be done in a sustainable and socially just way. ”