By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Last March, the Keizer Tennis Association got approval to build tennis courts at Claggett Creek Park.
Despite that approval from the Keizer City Council, plans have yet to move forward.
Greg Brewer, former KTA president who is still serving in the role until February, said there’s no definitive timetable.
“Right now we’re in a reorganization mode,” Brewer said. “We’re trying to reorganize Keizer Tennis Association. We’re on hold for everything. We do plan on doing some programming next summer. New courts are being built, but we’re not moving on those right now. It’s too early to know at this point. Fundraising went slow last year.”
Brewer said simply getting to the council last year was an accomplishment.
“We worked quite a few years just to get to that point,” he said. “Now we’re at a stumbling block with fundraising. Our initial plan was to have all the money by next summer. We have to put in some for a grant. If things work out the right way as far as fundraising goes, the following summer would possibly work out. You never know.”
When council approved plans last March, KTA leaders envisioned four adult-sized tennis courts and four child-sized tennis courts, plus expansion of the park’s parking lot on Dearborn Avenue NE. The initial cost was anticipated to be $302,000 for building the courts, followed by $140,000 in a second phase for lighting. Councilors allocated $50,000 towards the project in system development charges.
“We are nowhere close,” Brewer said of where the KTA stands in terms of the $302,000. “We have to get half the funds before we can even approach anyone for matching grants. We are nowhere close to that.”
Brewer said a lack of interest for tennis in the Northwest in general has hampered efforts.
Anyone who wants to get involved is asked to go to the KTA website (www.keizertennisassociation.org) and leave a message.