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Meeting for tennis players set; 2 parks to temporarily close

Post Date:09/17/2018 8:47 AM

Contact:  Jason Bartolone, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988


Sarasota, FL:  Tennis players and other community members will have a chance to meet the new employees at Payne Park Tennis Center as the City of Sarasota prepares to take back the operations and maintenance of the center, along with four other Sarasota parks.

Payne Park-1The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Payne Park Auditorium, 2100 Laurel St. Citizens will have the opportunity to share their input about needs and improvements to the facility, courts and operations, along with other suggestions to enhance the tennis center.

Beginning Oct. 1, five City parks and recreation facilities that are currently maintained and operated by Sarasota County through an interlocal agreement will return to the City as the agreement expires. The five facilities include Arlington Park and Aquatic Facility, Centennial Park and Boat Ramp, Ken Thompson Park, Lawn Bowling Facility and Payne Park Tennis Center.

As part of that transition, Payne Park Tennis Center will be closed from Sept. 24-26, and Arlington Park and Aquatic Facility will be closed from Sept. 24-30.

“Our team has a lot of work to do as part of this coordinated transition, including hiring and training new personnel, moving in new equipment, setting up phones and computers and deep cleaning the facilities, along with other numerous items to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for our citizens,” said Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Fogle. “We look forward to reopening, getting to know our patrons and hearing about how we can best serve them.”

For more information, please contact City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation at 941-954-4182.