WEST HILLS NEWS
WEST HILLS GETS BETTER AND BETTER!
If you haven't been by West Hills lately, let me bring you up to date. The City of Knoxville has added a viewing pavilion. It looks great and is one more place to watch tennis with some protection from the elements. West Hills is an ongoing project and GKTA is so grateful to be partnering with the City of Knoxville.
It’s official! The ribbon cutting ceremony for the West Hills Tennis facility was held on October 22. The day was beautiful and the turnout fabulous. Our guest of honor, Mayor Madeline Rogero and Master of Ceremonies, Councilman Duane Grieve, 2nd District, were accompanied by several distinguished guests. Former Mayor Daniel Brown, 6th District; Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis, 1st District; Councilmen at large, George Wallace and Marshall Stair; Councilman Mark Campen, 5th district; Councilwoman Brenda Palmer, 3rd District; and former councilwoman Barbara Pelot were in attendance. From Knoxville Department of Parks and Recreation, we were joined by Senior Director of Public Works, Christi Branscom; Joe Walsh, Director; Mike Harris and Deidra Dunn as well as the Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch. We were very flattered to have Vice President and board member of USTA National, Carol Welder, join us, as well as speak, at the invitation of Linda and Ernie Schmidt. There is an excellent write up on the mayor’s page if you would like to read more. http://www.cityofknoxville.org/Press_Releases/Content/2012/1023.asp
Mike Pappas was not only there as President and representative of the GKTA, he is also part of the committee formulated and committed to overseeing the completion of this project. The committee also includes Cheryl Thompson and Nancy Vineyard, whom we refer to as the "backbone", John Harenza, Deidra Dunn and Karen Dail. Over the last few months, we have been meeting with Curtis Catron of Bullock Smith and Partners, to formulate a master plan for the park. He has donated countless hours to this project. We cannot thank him enough.
Once the plan is finalized, it will be published. At that point, we will be embarking again on a major fundraising spree. We are hoping to convince you and your friends what a worthy investment this would be not only for our tennis programs, but for our community and city. All donations are 100% tax deductible and are handled through the East Tennessee Foundation.
We are looking forward to this next chapter!! Hope you join us!
West Hills Building – Yes, it is happening!!
You have been hearing and hearing about the West Hills building going up as Phase II of the West Hills Tennis Center Rescue. We are here to say, indeed it is!!
Thanks to the hard work of Cheryl Thompson, Nancy Vineyard, The City of Knoxville, Johnson Architecture, and the GKTA board, it is now a reality.
The bids have come back and the contract was awarded to Venture Builders. The building should take approximately 4-6 months to complete. With building costs being high, as a downside, we had to remove a planned canopy. This brought the bid down $16,120 and allowed us to stay within budget, yet moving forward with the construction. Construction will be done so that when monies are raised, it will be easy to add the canopy. A ground breaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 8, at 2:00pm. It would be tremendous if you could attend this event and show your support!
This spring, the City of Knoxville will be repainting and repairing the lower three courts. It will be a nice improvement until we can start on Phase III. This is where you come in……
If there are any questions, feel free to contact me at email@example.com. If I don’t know the answer, I will find it for you.
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