In 2000 the Evansville Community Tennis Association, a non-profit 501C3 approached the city Parks Department about the possibility of leasing the 8 tennis courts at Wesselman Park. The city agreed to a 25-year lease with the possibility of a 10-year extension. In return ECTA agreed to maintain the courts as well as make specified improvements. The lease also included an adjacent open field and granted ECTA the option of building additional outdoor courts or an indoor facility on that field.
ECTA began making improvements immediately. Four additional post tension courts were added, the parking area was expanded, and new state of the art lighting was added. In 2007 a new clubhouse was built. The project was funded by private donations, proceeds from a $10,000.00 Women’s Pro Circuit event run by a local tennis club, league fees, an auction, various fundraising projects, and a $105,000.00 bank loan which was repaid in 18 months. In 2009 a viewing stand spanning the length of six courts was added with volunteer labor. The original 8 courts were repainted and relined in 2010. The total cost of this project was $700,000.00 and is estimated to outlive the initial and extended lease term.
The tennis courts at Wesselman Park are used by ECTA for league play, lesson programs, our community middle school program and tournaments. The EVSC and the University of Evansville also use the courts. When not in use by ECTA the courts remain open to the public at no cost.
The mission of the Evansville Community Tennis Association is to grow tennis in the Evansville Community. The upkeep and maintenance of the tennis courts at Wesselman Park continues to be supported by our programming and fundraising efforts.
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