Subject: Stop the HCC tennis closure
The announced plan to end public tennis at Hillsborough Community College is badly timed, to say the least. Tennis is the only sport where participation is growing. One-third of new U.S. players are minorities. For kids and adults alike, tennis is a safe, healthy inexpensive sport - if public courts are open.
Tampa's public courts are crowded every weekend and every evening. Davis Islands, Himes Sports Complex, Cal Dickson, MacFarlane Park and HCC are very busy. Now, all 28 of HCC's courts are slated to be closed. That would wipe out nearly half of Tampa's tennis courts and eliminate the only feature tennis facility in Hillsborough.
Bad move! City and HCC leaders need to keep the facility open, at least partially, by using a tiny, tiny fraction of the Community Investment Tax monies.
High schools and colleges, adults and kids, pros and rookies - 20,000 to 25,000 people per year - play tennis at HCC. Keep HCC tennis going, please!
Gary Shepherd, Tampa
Hillsborough County Tennis Association