Midvalley tennis lovers are trying to raise $1.12 million to construct a building that would allow year-round use of four courts at Crown Mountain Park.
The Advantage Indoor Tennis group stressed in a statement that it isn’t affiliated with a different group that unsuccessfully sought voter approval for an indoor recreation center at Crown Mountain Park in November. The tennis group is a grassroots effort that will solicit private donations and grants.
“This is strictly to cover the four courts at Crown Mountain, and no tax dollars will be used for construction of the building,” the statement said.
If the group raises more than $750,000 this year, construction will begin next spring, according to Diana Cordova Elliott, an organizer of the effort.
“If we don’t raise three-fourths until the spring of 2015, then we will start construction in the fall of 2015,” Cordova Elliott wrote in an email. “Realistically, I think it will take us two years to have all the funding in place.”
It will take six months to construct the structure, she said. Advantage Indoor Tennis envisions a garage-like building featuring doors that can be opened for summer play. The doors will be shut during winters for indoor play.
“These four courts will be the only public indoor tennis courts in the Roaring Fork Valley,” the group’s statement said.
Tennis programs will be offered year-round once the structure is up. After-school tennis programs could be extended throughout the school year.
There’s a precedent for relying on donations to build a facility at Crown Mountain Park. BMX bicycle riders successfully collected cash and in-kind labor and materials to build a track in the southwest corner of the park.
Advantage Indoor Tennis is seeking donations from $100 to $100,000. The naming sponsorship for the facility is available for $500,000.
More information on the effort is available at www.adinrfv.org.