The Glenorchy tennis community are rejoicing with the upgrade to the sportsground lighting at the Glenorchy City Tennis Centre. Glenorchy is home to a large number of tennis players, with the popular sport being played at the centre in Berriedale by many Glenorchy residents and the wider community. The old lights, now more than 20 years old, had seen better days and an upgrade to a modern lighting system was needed. Council worked closely with the tennis club in scoping the project and provided assistance in applying to the Tasmanian Government for a grant to fund the overall cost.
Thanks to the achieved funding the project team scoped out some of the most efficient state-of-the-art systems on the market to ensure we procured the most ‘bang for buck’ in the final design. As a result the new lighting system includes the best LED lights on offer, and the first base-hinge poles in Tasmania. The upgrade will not only provide the best playing experience for tennis players, but also ensures that at least $50,000 in ongoing savings over the life of the poles and lights. This is a saving to Council that can now be put back into other projects in our city.
Wendy Cannel, secretary of the tennis club, along with their President, John Fletcher, discussed the ongoing community benefits the new lighting will bring to encourage the younger members of Glenorchy to take an interest in the sport.
“ The upgrade to our sports lighting will benefit all our current players and we have a particular focus on attracting new junior players through this project. This lighting upgrade will allow us to offer an enhanced player experience and the quality of the new lighting will attract new junior players who are most available during weekday evenings.” They said.
With the balmy summer evenings sweeping in, this is perfect timing for tennis lovers across the city to enjoy a few swings and socialize under the glow of the new lights.
To find out more about the Glenorchy tennis club or to get involved you can visit their website https://play.tennis.com.au/glenorchycitytennisclub or call 0400 031 934.
This lighting project is just one of many that Council is currently in the pipeline. Two exciting new regional playspaces at Montrose Foreshore Park and Giblins Reserve, with construction due to commence in early 2021, a new $1m amenity building at Eady St Reserve and the major upgrades to North Chigwell and KGV Football (soccer) facilities, so watch this space!