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Tennis courts at recreation center get a do-over

The New Port Richey Recreation Complex, which was built last May, cost $14.1 million.

And somehow the tennis courts that have been there longer than anyone can remember didn't get the facelift they sorely needed.

"I have no idea why they let them get in such poor conditions," Parks and Recreation director Elaine Smith said.

But now thanks to not only a small refund but some fundraising as well, the only public tennis courts in New Port Richey will get resurfaced. Also in the works are new nets, posts, fencing, some new bleachers and water fountains.

"It's long overdue," said Christina Hill, United States Tennis Association representative for Pasco County. "There's cracks everywhere and there's not even a water fountain out there for this heat."

The city has $36,000 to spend, and according to Smith, $15,000 is coming from New Port Richey that was part of an architect refund from the complex project. Then Hill, working with the Pasco County Tennis Foundation, raised $3,000 with the help of community partners.

So USTA now matches that with a $15,000 grant to do its part for local tennis, and Smith, who has only been in New Port Richey for two years, says the renovations are very timely.

"I do believe it's a project that's warranted," Smith said. "Given funds and cuts everywhere else, it's very fortunate the city was able to come up with the money."

VOLLEYBALL: Faith Presbyterian Church in Brooksville will host an adult co-ed volleyball league beginning Sept. 8. Games will be played on Monday and Tuesday nights. The league is expecting about 12 teams with a minimum of six players. The cost is $125 per team.

BASKETBALL: Faith Presbyterian will also host a Sunday afternoon men's league beginning Sept. 14 and running through the end of November. There should be six to eight teams and the cost is $30 per player with a five-on-five format. For more information, contact recreational director Drew Taylor at (352) 796-4969.

TENNIS: The Holiday Recreation Complex hosts a tennis league for men and women 16 and older. Registration is Monday through Sept. 24 with games starting Oct. 1. The cost is $10. Call (727) 934-4198.

MORE TENNIS: Hernando County Recreation and Strings and Things are offering tennis lessons from 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays at Hernando Park in downtown Brooksville. Lessons are $42 for six, one-hour classes.

For more info, call (352) 754-4031.

FLAG FOOTBALL: Registration is open for Pasco Co-ed Sports' five-on-five adult co-ed flag football played at Hudson Recreational Center on Friday evenings.

Register online at www.co-edsports.com or call Jimmy Barbarise at (813) 532-1507.

TRIATHLON: The Inaugural Chaotic CoteeMan Triathlon will be at the New Port Richey Aquatic Pool and Recreation Center, at 6630 Van Buren St., starting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Participants will swim 200 meters, then bike 11 miles and run a 5K through downtown New Port Richey. The cost is $60 through Sept. 15 and $70 from then until race day.

Relay teams can run as well, for $85 through Sept. 19 and $95 until race day. Online registration can be found at www.active.com and type Chaotic CoteeMan Triathlon in the search field.

POKER: Heritage Spring Country Club in Trinity hosts a Texas Hold 'Em competition at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20 with benefits going to Alzheimer's Family Organization. The $75 cost gets you $2,000 worth of chips and dinner. For more information, call (727) 848-8888.

Submit upcoming events, registrations and info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Tennis courts at recreation center get a do-over 09/01/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 1, 2008 3:07pm]
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