The work will focus on courts in Eastville, St George and Canford Park. The first part of this work is due to start on Monday 24 September when Canford Park tennis courts will close for resurfacing work.
This is part of a long term vision which will help create a sustainable maintenance model for each of the tennis courts and ensure that everyone can access high quality tennis facilities in the future.
As part of this both Eastville and Canford Park courts will eventually change to a charging model where people will be able to either pay per hour to book a court or purchase an annual pass to use the courts. Any money generated will be put towards ensuring that the courts can be maintained more regularly and kept to a high standard.
Members of the public will still have free access to the courts at certain times in the week with some concessionary rates on memberships available.
People at St George Park currently pay to use their courts but will also be able to access them by using an online booking system once the refurbishment work is completed.
The West of England Sport Trust (Wesport) has been named as the provider who will operate and maintain these courts.
Wesport will also be offering coaching sessions at all of the courts as part of this scheme and will be offering an online booking platform and gate access control across all of the courts for people to book and use at times which suit them.
Cllr Kye Dudd, Cabinet Member for Sport, said: “We want to make sure everyone can access good quality sports facilities across the city to try and get more people active and encourage more local sporting talent. These tennis courts are well in need of refurbishment and this work will mean we put in place a system to make sure they can be regularly maintained and that future generations will be able to access good quality courts in their local park.
“With the promise of new coaching sessions available I am hopeful that this will mean we will soon see lots of new comers to the sport picking up a racket and giving it a go.”
This work is being part funded and carried out in partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). The change is part of a £139,000 investment in the courts.
Julie Jones, LTA Regional Tennis Manager said: “We are excited to be working with Bristol City Council on this new investment that will see much needed improvements made to 15 public tennis courts across the city. The new facilities, coupled with the easier-to-use booking and access systems will help to safeguard the future of tennis within Bristol and make each venue sustainable, meaning even more people in the community will be able to play the sport they love all year round.”
Steve Nelson, Chief Executive of Wesport, said: “Wesport are very pleased to have this opportunity to continue the success of tennis in Bristol parks with The LTA and BCC. As a local charity working to widen participation in Sport and Physical Activity, we aim to ensure these courts are used to their full potential and contribute to local communities becoming more active.”
The council is currently looking to see if it might be possible to introduce similar schemes to other parks across the city.