September 23, 2022
ALBUQUERQUE – Today, the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department officially reopened the newly remodeled tennis courts at Wellesley Park. Both courts were redone as part of a $51,740.47 project, which was funded by a combination of state capital expenditure funds and city funds. Wellesley’s new courts at Nob Hill are now a crisp combination of purple and blue – the only tennis courts in town in this color combination.
“Albuquerque tennis players will love these remodeled courts,” said Director of Parks and Recreation, Dave Simon. “We’ve given them a shiny new look and hope the community enjoys playing with them for many years to come.”
Wellesley Park’s popular tennis courts hadn’t been resurfaced since 2012 and showed signs of cracking and wear. State Representative Gail Chasey allocated $40,000 in 2021 state capital expenditure funds for the resurfacing project and the city provided the remaining funds ($11,740.47). In addition to the unique purple/blue resurfacing, the courts have also received new nets, net posts and windscreens. Parks & Recreation also trimmed several trees to reduce debris falling onto the courts.
“As a tennis player myself, I understand how important it is that we invest in recreation facilities to support a healthy community,” said Representative Gail Chasey.
Albuquerque has seen strong tennis participation over the past two years as national participation in the sport has increased during the pandemic. According to the United States Tennis Association, 22.8 million Americans played tennis in 2021, an increase of more than 5 million since the pre-pandemic year of 2019. Whether new to the sport or returning , players flocked to the sport to be outdoors and for the benefits of exercise and health. Because Albuquerque has an ideal climate for playing outdoor tennis year-round, maintaining and repairing the city’s public courts has become even more important.
About the CABQ Parks and Recreation: The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for maintaining nearly 300 parks, 143 miles of multi-use trails, more than 29,000 acres of major public spaces, four municipal golf courses and numerous aquatic and recreational facilities throughout Albuquerque. Hundreds of employees across six divisions of the department take pride in ensuring Albuquerque residents have excellent facilities to foster a vibrant and healthy community.