Gerry Groslimond looks at renderings of covered courts at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center.
Gerry Groslimond looks at renderings of covered courts at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center.

A non-profit group in Sandy Springs is working to have tennis courts available rain or shine.

Friends of Sandy Springs Tennis has a goal to cover four courts at the Sandy Springs Tennis Center, which would not only make the group’s rain-or-shine goal possible, but would help draw large tennis events to the city.

“This tennis center is unique in Sandy Springs because it’s the only venue that can draw people from out of the area overnight, in other words, use hotels,” said Gery Groslimond, the tennis facility’s director and member of the non-profit. He said that often tournaments and events require a facility with covered courts in case of inclement weather.

“We want an amenity that can take care of residents as well as draw from outside the area,” Groslimond said. “We’re just a group of people trying to create something for the city.”

With projected costs of the project at around $800,000, the group has a goal of raising $560,000 in addition to the $240,000 pledged by the city of Sandy Springs, which owns the facility.

The money will pay for the courts to be covered by a steel frame with lights and drop down sides that will making playing tennis possible in all weather. Groslimond said that the improvements will help the tennis center be better aligned with the United States Tennis Association, and that in turn would make it more likely for the USTA to help with refurbishing costs.

He said covered courts would also be a plus for the citizens who play at the center.

“We have so many cold days and then hot days in summer,  our senior adults could use the covered courts in the summer to get out of sun,” he said.

Groslimond said that covered courts would also help attract events held by some of the large corporations in the area, such as Cox, Rubbermaid, UPS and, in the future, Mercedes-Benz, which is moving in just a few miles from the Abernathy Road tennis center.

“Tennis is very popular in those cultures,” he said.

Community members who make donations for the covered courts will get their names on a plaque in the lobby and on brick pavers.

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