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New Gracemere tennis court is a hit

TENNIS ANYONE? Cesar Casdaneda gets ready to play at the new tennis facilities in Gracemere. He wants more people in the community to know about the free facilities.
TENNIS ANYONE? Cesar Casdaneda gets ready to play at the new tennis facilities in Gracemere. He wants more people in the community to know about the free facilities. Allan Reinikka

THERE'S nothing Cesar Casdaneda likes more than to get out onto the tennis court.

But his matches came to a halt more than a year ago when the tennis courts in Gracemere were closed.

Rockhampton Regional Council CEO Evan Pardon said poor surface conditions had forced the courts to be shut.

He said the courts had since been leased by the Rockhampton Radio Control Car Club and remain in use as an on-road track.

Mr Pardon said instead of resurfacing the courts, the council had created a 'pop-up' court within the basketball and netball courts at Cedric Archer Park.

The lines for the tennis court have been installed and holes created for the net, which when not in use is kept in the park's toilet block.

Mr Pardon said the solution was "far more cost-effective than replacing the former tennis courts at Gracemere".

Now, the court and Mr Casdaneda are up and running again.

Mr Casdaneda is making good use of the new court and has started teaching his daughters how to play. And he'd like to see even more people using the facilities.

"It's very good that we have these facilities," he said.

"It's good fun for everybody."

While happy with the court, Mr Casdaneda said there was room for improvement with the management of the net hire on weekends.

The keys to access the net are available from the Customer Service Centre in Gracemere.

Mr Casdaneda said he understood why the council had to keep the toilet block, where the net is kept, locked but said there could be a more user-friendly solution for those looking to access the net.

"There are possibilities there where we as community members can chip in and help," he said.

Topics:  gracemere, rockhampton regional council, tennis




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