06 Nov National Tennis Centre Press Release
The National Tennis Centre at Albert College Park came about as a result of an agreement with Dublin City Council and Tennis Ireland which allowed for the redevelopment of the existing tennis facility in the park over the last three years.
The first phase of the National Tennis Centre, comprised of four covered acrylic courts, opened in April 2005. The second phase – the construction of three clay courts and three outdoor hard courts together with a refurbished pavillion building opened in the autumn of 2008. A third phase , which comprises of the erection of a seasonal cover on the three clay courts was completed in recent days. This represents a capital investment in the region of €3million on the part of Tennis Ireland and the project has received high levels of capital funding from the Department of Arts, Sport & Tourism .
Tennis Ireland’s mission is the promotion of tennis at all levels on the island of Ireland and in that regard we welcome and encourage public use of the National Tennis Centre facilities. In keeping with the agreement with Dublin City Council, three outdoor hard courts are available free of charge to the public at the moment, while the public can also accessthe covered hard courts at a heavily discounted rate of €14 per hour. This rate includes access to shower and changing facilities and includes court lighting.
Dublin CIty University students can access these courts at a further discounted rate of €12 per hour and also the DCU Tennis Club can avail of this favourable rate. By contrast, the rates charged for outdoor courts without ancillary services at the nearby St. Anne’s Park are €5 per person per hour.
The pattern of public usage at this facility since it opened in 2005 has been dissapointing. So far less than 20% of the available hours are used by members of the public, but Tennis Ireland remains committed to working with all relevant parties to ensure the increased rate of public usage.
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