We’ve created Center’s page on Facebook to better stay in touch with the community and we are extremely pleased with overwhelmingly positive feedback we are getting
We have also received not so positive feedback and sometimes there are good questions in these, too. So, I’m re-posting my Facebook answers here:
Q. Why are we doing this?
A. We want the Powell River residents, visitors and their kids to have the same kind of opportunities as in the bigger cities.
Q. Why do I have to play tennis? There is more people in the community who prefer other sports!
A. Well, no one is forcing anyone to do anything. You will have a Tennis Centre in town where you can go at any time and play a game of tennis. You will be able to take tennis lessons and your kids can learn to play in the tournaments which could be as exciting as any other sport. For those interested we can do club tournaments and hitting sessions and lots of fun things.
Q. When the registration for lessons, memberships and regular play will be opened?
A. We are working hard to get all of it published on the Internet Oct 2nd. Starting Oct 2nd, the system will be opened for the account registrations. Once registered, you will be able to book lessons, courts and participate in other events. The renovations of the building and preparation for court surfacing will start at the same time.
Q. Why are we seeking contributions and donations while we will be collecting memberships and hourly fees and charge for lessons etc etc.
A. The more we get initially with contributions and may be some volunteered labor the less will be the cost of the services we provide. We would like to keep the costs low and affordable for Powell River.
I think the last one needs some explanations.
The initial investments to build tennis club infrastructure are quite high. We are striving to build a good place and we invest a substantial (by our measure) amount of money into it.
For those concerned, there is no government or municipal grant money in this project.
The tennis courts, nets, screens/curtain behind baselines are all necessary and the money is allocated for these items.
There are some other things which are “nice to have” or “very nice to have”
Relocation of HVAC ducts which happened to be right above the baselines is one of these. We are doing it and we have money for it. This is one of the “very nice to have” thing.
There are other things on the todo list, like:
– painting the sign (Hello, are there Mural artists playing tennis? )
– doing minor repairs/painting
– repairing and sanding concrete surface in preparation for Plexipave
– installing protective nets on the lights
We will be doing lots of these things ourselves and we appreciate if someone gives us a hand.
There are other things which would reduce the operational costs in the long run. Remotely-controlled power switch for lighting is one of these. Right now the lights are controlled by the breakers and there is no master switch. This one will be installed only if we get enough money from your contributions.
The next big item on the list is the proper change rooms with showers.
We will open with make-shift change rooms and a single washroom however
we will move forward as soon as money permit and will add two separate washrooms and shower/changeroom area upstairs. The contribution will allow us to get it in sooner.
And yes, there is rent/utilities/taxes/accountant/cleaning and maintenance and unavoidably some repairs.