CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) - The Conway Area Tennis Association thinks the current facilities in town are inadequate for the needs of the community.
An answer to that problem is on the way for tennis lovers in the city.
Conway plans to build a brand-new tennis facility in Laurel Park with a 3400 square foot pro shop and 2600 square foot locker room.
“It's going to accommodate not only the players, but those who support them,” said Hendrix Tennis Coach Harold Henderson.
Tennis players will soon be able to keep their rackets and tennis balls closer to home.
“Everyone in the community is pretty excited about this,” said designer Emily Ferris with Sowell Architects Inc.
“Our Conway Tennis Association is tired of having to drive to Little Rock because those are the nearest decent courts,” Rick Sowell said, also with Sowell Architects.
He is developing a facility he thinks wills stay booked all the time.
“We'll have seating areas with nice air condition inside. People will be able to be comfortable, there’ll be moving chairs and stools,” he said.
“People can watch one side from one location and watch the other side from another view,” said Henderson, who has been coaching tennis for roughly 20 years.
Current courts in Laurel Park will be replaced with eight new tennis courts and fancy features.
“As we had more interest, we realized that people were going to Little Rock and North Little Rock to satisfy that interest because we just didn't have courts,” Henderson said.
He’s seen the tennis community in Conway reach capacity and hopes this addition will make the game a lot more convenient.
“We got with Parks and Recreation, they taught us how to organize,” he said.
Conway High School, right across the street, will share the facility with a new cross walk for students on the tennis team.
The Conway Area Tennis Association hopes new courts will allow for community events, physical activity, and economic growth.
"I think everyone is really impressed with the look of the facility, it has a modern look. Its eye catching. For people driving by on Prince Street, this is going to catch their eye. It will be lit up at night,” Ferris said.
Construction for the new facility is expected to begin soon.
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