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PR Tennis Association seeks pledges to rebuild courts

Another $150,000 needs to be pledged before the project can move forward. Statements of intent received by Dec. 31 will be factored into an application for a grant that my fund up to 50 percent of the project.

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Tennis mom Concha Uzozie, right, practices with her daughters Kendra and Elizabeth Ross on Oct. 23 at Depot Park. (Enterprise file photo)

The Park Rapids Tennis Association (PRTA) is seeking to raise $280,000 by spring 2020 toward replacing the four city-owned tennis courts at Depot Park.

In a fundraising letter sent this month to families of current and former Park Rapids school tennis players, Panther tennis parent Lisa Koppelman wrote that $130,000 in pledges have already been received from PRTA members, and the city has agreed to contribute 20 percent of the project cost, or $70,000 of the estimated $350,000 total.

The remaining 80 percent must come from individual donors, businesses and grants, though the city is helping apply for grants, Koppelman wrote. When the goal is reached, she said, the city will move forward with the next steps of the plan.

The city tennis courts are used by the high school tennis team for practice, meets and tournaments, and by the middle school team for their home tournament, Koppelman noted. In addition to four Depot Park courts owned by the school district, this gives the school teams enough courts for all school tennis athletes in grades 5-12 to practice.

“Over the past several years all of these courts have deteriorated greatly in condition,” said Koppleman, adding that PRTA members have worked hard to keep them safe and usable, “but they have determined that the appropriate solution is to replace the courts.”

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She said that the city and PRTA are working together on a grant application that could fund up to 50 percent of the project, but it is a very competitive grant. Other grants are also being pursued.

Money pledged can be paid during a two-year period, she said. Donations to the City of Park Rapids are tax deductible. Statement-of-intent cards submitted by Dec. 31 will be reflected in the grant application, which requires information about the level of support committed to the project.

To make a pledge or discuss any questions, contact PRTA President Kathy Peterson at 255-4098 or rk56470@hotmail.com.

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