Park Tennis Courts Upgraded

Twenty-two park tennis courts in Dundee have reopened following £164,000 worth of improvements through a Dundee City Council and Lawn Tennis Association partnership project.

The seven parks have seen the resurfacing of courts where necessary, the repainting of court surfaces and lines, infrastructure works to fencing and the installation of smart gates.

The recipients of the works have included Baxter Park, Dawson Park, Camperdown Park, Dudhope Park, Fairmuir Park, South Road Park, and Victoria Park.

The improvements have been part of a nationwide programme of investment to existing park tennis courts to bring them back to life for the benefit of communities across the country, providing vital opportunities for children and adults to get active.

Dundee City Council’s Climate, Environment & Biodiversity Convener Cllr Heather Anderson said: “This investment in the city’s tennis infrastructure and the partnership between the Council and Tennis Scotland will enable us to support many more people to enjoy tennis on their local court.

“The benefits from being active are clear and having the option of using high-quality tennis courts in your community can go far in helping many to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”

Fair Work, Economic Growth & Infrastructure Convener Cllr Steven Rome said: “It’s very positive to see this additional investment in our city’s sporting facilities for community use. Residents can be assured Dundee’s park tennis courts meet the high LTA standards.

“We are committed to investing in and maintaining the city’s outdoor assets, including tennis courts, as we continually make improvements to our communal outdoor spaces.”

Julie Porter, Chief Operating Officer at the LTA, said: “After months of hard work, we’re delighted to see park tennis courts across Dundee City Council officially back open to the public, and in better shape than ever.

“Public tennis courts are such vital facilities for getting active and we want as many people as possible, of all ages and abilities, to pick up a racket and enjoy playing tennis. Thanks to this investment the sport will be opened up to more players, for years to come.”

Weekly Barclays Free Park Tennis sessions, with equipment provided, the refurbished courts will host Local Tennis Leagues.

Smart gates have been installed at the locations which require users to book for free online via the LTA website, unless where floodlights are required a small charge applies.

The LTA, Tennis Scotland and Dundee City Council will work together to ensure Barclays Free Park tennis sessions are available on the courts providing regular opportunities for anyone to pick up a racket and play.

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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