Two Section Facilities Win 2022 USTA Outstanding Facilities Awards
The USTA today announced that Edmond Center Court in Edmond, Oklahoma and the Quad Cities Tennis Club in Moline, Illinois are two of 33 winners in the USTA’s annual Outstanding Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country.
Edmond Center Court includes a 31,000 sqft, state-of-the-art clubhouse, six climate-controlled indoor courts with upper deck viewing, and 24 lighted outdoor courts including two stadium courts. All outdoor courts have direct viewing for spectators and shade structures for players that includes 8-foot benches with the ECC logo.The breathtaking landscaping around this facility includes roses and Indian Hawthorne that bloom in the spring and summer and, in the middle of the complex, there is a bronze statue of the "father of Oklahoma tennis", coach Francis Baxter. There is considerable activity at this site where they host USTA leagues, USTA tournaments, USTA JTT, USTA adaptive tennis, and a USTA NJTL chapter.
The viewing area and overall layout of the courts are two of the aspects of which Edmond Center Court Director of Tennis David Minihan is most proud.
“I think the overall layout of the facility lends itself to be very appealing to customers,” Minihan said. “While we have a lot of courts, they are grouped in a way that doesn't require a long trip to the outer courts.”
Minihan also believes the indoor seating in an aspect of Edmond Center Court that sets it apart from many other facilities.
“The indoor courts have an upper deck mezzanine, which I believe played a huge part in receiving this honor,” Minihan said. “A lot of companies and governing bodies have seating in their initial design but once they get the quotes, it is typically the first to be cut.”
- The indoor courts at Edmond Center Court
- The outdoor courts at Edmond Center Court
- Caitlyn Sagraves accepts Edmond Center Court's award.
- Chris and Pamela Ontiveros accepting their Outstanding Facility Award
- The indoor courts at Quad Cities Tennis Club
- The indoor viewing area at Quad Cities Tennis Club
The Quad City Tennis Club is a state-of-the-art facility with two outdoor and nine indoor tennis courts. This is the only indoor facility with nine courts available within 100 miles. The facility’s friendly and helpful staff are focused on top-tier customer service. Likewise, their highly-trained tennis professionals are dedicated to growing the sport of tennis. The Quad City Tennis Club has programming crafted for every level of player. They offer community programming including Boys & Girls Club programming, First Racquet programming, Junior High School Tennis Clinic, and Home School programming. They also partner with two different Parks & Recreation organizations in their area to run Junior Development Pathway programming. QCTC works with several community organizations to provide tennis to players who might not otherwise have access and the facility has created a wonderful community of tennis and pickleball lovers.
Chris Ontiveros, owner of Quad Cities Tennis Club, is extremely proud of his team’s efforts to keep the club alive and thriving following a major remodeling project.
“My father came to me in 2018 with the vision to not only preserve the building for indoor tennis, but to upgrade a facility and grounds to national and international standards that we’ve seen in our travels,” Ontiveros said.
Unfortunately his father passed away in early 2022 before he was able to see this honor for himself, but Ontiveros knows he is proud of the work the entire team put in to get the club where it is today.
Awards like these are far more than an individual accomplishment and Ontiveros was quick to note that.
“We had a lot of help to make this vision come to fruition with so many people and companies involved,” he said. “It's truly an honor for all of us that I accept this recognition from the USTA.”
“Great tennis facilities like these help us to grow the game at the grassroots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Craig Morris, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “These facilities have embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of their communities each year.”
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially-owned-and-operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
Facilities were judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.
Nominated facilities were voted on in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public; and Educational Institutions such as colleges, universities, public and private grade schools, middle schools, or high schools.
All 2022 award winners will receive a wall plaque and an all-weather sign, which can be mounted at the facility. One of the award winners will earn the prestigious “Featured Facility of the Year” designation and be honored at next year’s USTA Annual Meeting & Conference.
In other facility news, the City of Gladstone, Missouri recently received a $15,000 USTA Tennis Venue Services grant to help resurface the courts at Happy Rock Park. They are the first USTA Missouri Valley applicant to receive one of these grants this year.
The 2022 USTA Outstanding Facility Award winners are:
Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers (2 to 10 courts)
Heritage Tennis Club (Arlington Heights, Ill.)
Marshfield Tennis Club (Marshfield, Mass.)
Quad City Tennis Club (Moline, Ill.)
R.S. Dunham Park (Cary, N.C.)
Vaughan Tennis Center / Fox Valley Park District (Aurora, Ill.)
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers (11 or more courts)
Arlington Tennis Center (Arlington, Texas)
Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center (Florence, S.C.)
Edmond Center Court (Edmond, Okla.)
Green Island Park Tennis Complex (La Crosse, Wis.)
Harry B. Anderson Tennis Facility at McKey Park (Vadolsta, Ga.)
Hempfield recCenter (Landisville, Pa.)
High Point Tennis Center (Plano, Texas)
Jim Reffkin Tennis Center (Tucson, Ariz.)
Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center (Missouri City, Texas)
Querbes Tennis Center (Shreveport, La.)
Randy Stephens Tennis Center (Macon, Ga.)
BallenIsles Country Club (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Brookstone Meadows Tennis Club (Anderson, S.C.)
Community Sports & Wellness (Pendleton, Ind.)
Doylestown Tennis Club (Doylestown, Pa.)
JTCC (College Park, Md.)
Midtown Athletic Club (Rochester, N.Y.)
Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club (Shreveport, La.)
Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club (Ormond Beach, Fla.)
Polo Tennis & Fitness Club (Austin, Texas)
Premier Athletic & Tennis (Grandville, Mich.)
Queen City Racquet Club (Cincinnati)
Salt Lake Tennis & Health Club (Sal Lake City)
Sea Colony Resort (Bethany Beach, Del.)
Star Island Resort (Kissimmee, Fla.)
Taconic Sport & Racquet Club (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.)
Parker-Haun Tennis Facility (Tuscaloosa, Ala.)
Ventura College Tennis Center (Ventura, Calif.)