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Glenwood Springs mulls buying Snowmass Club’s tennis bubble

Greg Masse
Special to The Aspen Times

Tennis enthusiasts soon could have a year-round place to play.

The tennis “bubble” that has been at the Snowmass Club for eight years is set to be dismantled, and the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department is looking at how feasible it would be to buy the court cover.

“We went up and looked at it last week,” said department director Dan Rodgerson. “It’s an exciting possibility, but there’s a lot of logistics involved.”

The giant white bubble, which measures approximately 100 feet by 100 feet, stands about 30 feet tall and covers two tennis courts. It is being replaced by a permanent structure at the Snowmass Club. So what was purchased for $120,000 just eight years ago is now offered for a mere $8,000.

“It’s used, but it’s not used up,” Rodgerson said.

As part of the Community Center construction deal, the contractor agreed to either build two full courts, or do the basic grading for four or five courts. Rodgerson said that while he’s not sure just what the tennis court plan is yet, he’s hoping something is built by this summer.

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Also, since the courts aren’t yet built, if the bubble is bought, the courts could be designed and built to fit within its confines.

There are still a few issues to work out, Rodgerson said. If the bubble is purchased, the Parks and Recreation Department will have to look at how to pay for lighting, blowers and other bubble infrastructure.

“We’re dealing with a consultant to see if it would be feasible,” he said. “It may work perfectly, and it may not be worth the trouble.”

The cost of the bubble was proposed at around $8,000, but as the time gets closer to pop the bubble, Rodgerson hopes Snowmass Club owners might be willing to negotiate.

“I think they’re quite flexible and would like to see it go to good use rather than ending up in a Dumpster somewhere,” he said.

Glenwood Springs is not the only municipality vying to buy the bubble. Battlement Mesa has expressed some interest, as well.