September 10, 2018
The Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park has won the 2018 USTA Featured Facility of the Year. For 37 years, the USTA has recognized facilities throughout the country to encourage increasingly high standards for construction and/or renovation through the Outstanding Facility Awards program. There are 24 winners, but only one “Featured Facility”. The official announcement took place at the USTA Semi-annual meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on September 3 during the US Open.
“This is such a great honor for our staff, players and Tulsa County,” said Melissa McCorkle, Director of Tennis Operations for the Tulsa County Parks Department. “The quality of the facility and programs is what brings new players in and the strong sense of community keeps them coming back for more.”
The Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park has been a gathering place for local tennis players for decades, providing affordable access to tennis courts and tennis instruction to all Tulsans regardless of age or ability. ADVERTISEMENT There are 21 lighted outdoor courts, 3 indoor courts, pro shop, lounge, locker rooms and offices.
Currently, the Case Tennis Center at LaFortune Park has 159 Adult USTA league teams; more teams than any other a single public or private facility in Missouri Valley. Courts are consistently busy with high school matches, camps, drills, adult and youth league play plus tournaments ranging from youth to adult to charity events. New programs targeting special needs players and wheelchair athletes have brought many families, friends, players and spectators to the courts who never imagined playing tennis at an accessible public facility was possible.
This is the second time LaFortune Park has been recognized by the USTA. The facility was awarded Outstanding Tennis Facility of the Year in 1987. It is maintained and operated by the Tulsa County Parks Department and is located at 5302 S. Hudson Ave., Tulsa, OK.