Renovation begins on the tennis courts in the Lake Pleasure Grounds, Warminster.
Warminster Town Council and the LTA have agreed a partnership to invest in and refurbish the tennis courts at the Lake Pleasure Grounds. The 5 tennis Courts and the MUGA (Multi use games area) will be renovated, with investment of £241,000 helping ensure that quality facilities are available for the local community.
The project will see £241,000 of investment to resurface the courts and the MUGA and to replace the old and worn fencing with a sturdy long-term replacement.
The bulk of the money, £127,000, come from the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, the largest grant the LTA have awarded in this round of funding.
The LTA funding is part of a nationwide investment by the UK Government and LTA Tennis Foundation, to refurbish public tennis courts across Great Britain, and open up the sport to many more people. Existing park tennis courts in poor or unplayable condition brought back to life for the benefit of communities across the country through renovation works, and improved court accessibility with new gate-access technology and booking systems.
£114,000 will also be invested by Warminster Town Council, funded from Section 106 developer contributions and earmarked capital reserves. This will largely fund the MUGA refurbishment (the Football and Basketball area) and the new fencing.
Once the 5 Courts at the Lake Pleasure Grounds have being renovated an online booking and access control system will be introduced. The online booking will be found via the LTA website www.lta.org.uk/play and via Warminster Town Council dedicated booking platform or on an app. This will make it far easier to find and book a court at the Lake Pleasure Grounds. The introduction of charging will allow the courts to be maintained to a high standard and refurbished in the future. As well as pay to play, money saving season tickets and special schemes will be available. Tennis coaching is being organised. The MUGA will remain free to use.
The renovation of the Tennis Courts has been an objective of the town council since they took on ownership of the Lake Pleasure Grounds in 2016. Together the investment in the skatepark, the splashpad and the pavilion café, it is another step in revitalizing the Park fit for the 2020’s.
Work on the site started Tuesday 15th March and is expected to be completed at the start of May when the courts will be reopened.