In efforts to improve their local parks, the city of Mission is working to build a new tennis center. After more than 200 residents voiced their concerns about city parks in a recent survey, the city of Mission decided it was time to make some upgrades.
Mayor Norberto Salinas says, “One of the most important things that the people wanted in Mission was to have a big tennis court park that can hold about 15 or 16 tennis courts.”
The current tennis complex located at Birdwell Park, currently holds three tennis courts.
Mayor Salinas says he wasn’t aware of the sport’s popularity in the city. “I was very surprised. We didn’t think we had that many tennis people needing the tennis courts.”
Local enthusiasts hope to see nearby cities also make improvements to their courts.
Lupe Vega, tennis coach said, “We’re very disappointed that a lot of the tennis facilities in the whole valley haven’t kept up as far as maintenance is concerned.”
Vega says many of the courts he trains on have ripped nets and outdated bleachers. This new facility is exactly what the area needs.
Coach Vega, “As soon as they build it, I myself will go play over there and take some of my friends that are tennis players and go check out the facility.”
The mayor says he wants neighboring cities to benefit from their new tennis facility once it’s complete.
Mayor Salinas, “We are surrounded by a lot of communities so this is going to be a great part for not only us in Mission but for the surrounding cities.”
City officials hope to begin construction of the new tennis center by the beginning of next year.
Mayor Norberto Salinas says he expects to have the center open late next year. He says the total cost to be around $1.8 million.