Rock Park tennis courts set to be a big hit

Councillor Dick Jones (right hand side) with members of the Park Lane Tennis Club

Posted on: 12 July 2017

Two newly refurbished tennis courts are now in use following a £25,000 investment by North Devon Council.

The courts are the new home to Park Lane Tennis Club, which has now relocated to the site next to the Rock Park Bowling Club.

The council used proceeds of the sale of nearby land to fund the resurfacing and painting of the courts, with the remaining balance ring-fenced for investment in further leisure facilities. 

Executive Member responsible for leisure at North Devon Council, Councillor Dick Jones says “I am delighted that we have been able to support the Park Lane Tennis Club by funding the refurbishment of the tennis courts. The courts are a great resource for the club and community alike; they will help attract budding new players to the club, and will also ensure continued public access to tennis, as they can be hired through prior arrangement with the tennis club.”

Ward members for Barnstaple Newport, Councillors John Mathews and Mike Harrison say: “We were happy to facilitate all parties involved to talk through the refurbishment of these courts. We are pleased to have extended facilities in the park; this will be another sporting asset for the benefit of the club and public in general.”

Chairman and Secretary of Park Lane Tennis Club, Paul Hollis, says: “We are delighted that after three years of hard work with Council members and officers the future of the Park Lane Tennis Club has been secured. We are now in a strong position to grow our membership and to offer the local community affordable year round access to what are undoubtedly the highest quality outdoor courts in Barnstaple.”

The tennis courts are available for public hire now. Park Lane Tennis Club can be contacted on 01271 373226 for more information.

2 comments on “Rock Park tennis courts set to be a big hit

  1. Richad says:

    Ridiculous – turned up with my 8 year old son to play tennis on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Courts locked up and not in use. Nice and exclusive now – pristine condition and what a bargain at over £8 an hour but don’t forget to book 24 hours in advance.

    This is totally unworkable for visitors and is a shocking example of making tennis inaccessible for kids. Can’t beleieve the council was behind this. Rather have rubbish potholed courts with ripped nets that at open and available for use thank shiny innaccesible locked ones. Rant over. 8 year old left disappointed. Free the courts!

    • Mair says:

      Thank you for your comment. I have asked our leisure officer to contact you directly with more information about the courts.

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