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Professional tennis courts paying off for City of Prescott

College financed professional tennis courts host big events for City of Prescott

When the City of Prescott wants money for a project it can’t afford, it knows the pocketbook of Yavapai Community College is always available.  That was the case when it sought a new state-of-the-art professional tennis complex.

Begging 1Prescott didn’t have anywhere near enough money for a professional tennis complex. In fact, the best it could muster was $25 thousand dollars.  However, the Yavapai Community College administrators were contacted and with a little prodding, they decided to take around $1.3 million dollars of County taxpayer dollars from the College treasury and use it for the Professional complex. They built it, now operate the web site, hired a part-time employee for it, and maintain the complex, which is used mostly by Prescott residents.  (The College does not have a tennis team.)  The complex was completed in December, 2014 and is already pumping money into Prescott hotels, motels, restaurants and other businesses.  

The first major event at the complex was  the 2015 Prescott NTRP Memorial Tennis Tournament, which ran from Friday through Sunday, May 22-24,. It showcased 101 entries and 75 players participating in singles, doubles and mixed events for all ability levels and ages in 13 different divisions. The next tennis event is scheduled for Sunday, June 7: The Grand Prix Series.  Many other events are planned.

When it comes to local development and where to get money, the folks in Prescott know exactly where to look. If the College is foolish enough to use County taxpayer money from the Verde Valley and elsewhere to fund local projects like a professional tennis complex, the folks in Prescott are smart enough to take the money and run with it.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Tennis Complex

Administrators and Prescott residents joyous over new tennis complex; some taxpayers weep

The decision by the Yavapai Community College Governing Board to spend

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more than $1.1 million dollars of taxpayer money for a state-of-the-art tennis complex on the Prescott campus was joyously celebrated December 11 by Prescott dignitaries and the Yavapai Community College administrators. The College paid $840,000 for the tennis courts plus $330,000 for surrounding road repair, drainage, parking lot, lights, etc.) The City of Prescott kicked in $25,000.

For taxpayers not living in the Prescott area, it was a sad day as the College continued its Country-Club-like attitude toward spending scarce County resources on such projects. This project comes as no surprise to Verde Valley residents as it continues a decades-long College mentality of using County taxpayer funds for athletic and cultural projects almost exclusively for the benefit of Prescott area residents. Read More→

Tennis court mostly for the City of Prescott

Tennis Courts built mostly for Prescott use with mostly College funds now open for business

The $1.3 million dollar seven tennis court complex on the Prescott campus  that was apparently built primarily for the citizens of the City of Prescott with almost $1 million dollars of County taxpayer money coming from the Community College maintenance reserves are now open. The Community College has just posted a website where you may reserve a court for $25 a month.  Click here to go to that website.  

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For those of you living outside Prescott who think it’s unfair to divert your property tax money intended for use by the Community College for educational purposes to pay for a facility that appears primarily for the use of the citizens City of Prescott—what can I say?  

As  exclaimed by Mr. Chris Howard in his column for the Daily Courier. “It’s an exciting time for tennis players in the Prescott area. . . .  Cheers to a new era of tennis in `Everybody’s Hometown!'” (Prescott)
Click here to read Mr. Howard’s tennis column in the Prescott Daily Courier. (Note the above photo shows only four of the seven courts.)

College backed tennis court opens October 13

YCC $1 million dollar investment in tennis courts  scheduled for opening October 13

Plans are moving ahead for an October 13th opening of the tennis complex that the College built in Prescott.  In a column in the Prescott Daily Courier, tennis professional Chris Howard describes the complex as “a prototype for others built across the country.” 

New tennis court on Prescott campus

According to Mr. Howard,  the “facility will boast an annual schedule of tournaments, Grand Prix events, USTA League Play (practices), Mixers, Intra-Club Matches, guest speakers, exhibitions, etc.”   

He also writes that “The programming will include playing groups for all levels of play during the weekday a.m./weekend hours and during evenings in the warmer months (with the high profile new lighting system) that can be accessed on the yc.edu/tenniscourts website.”

The Community College does not have a tennis team.  It has two courses with a potential enrollment of 30 students.

To read Mr. Howard’s column describing the new tennis courts, please click here and you will be taken to the Daily Courier website where the column is located. 

 

Tennis court become issue in election campaign

Board candidate McCasland says College spending almost $1 million dollars on tennis court is “misuse of educational funds”

 

Second District Governing Board Candidate Deb McCasland charged at the September 9 Governing Board meeting in Prescott that expending almost $1 million dollars of taxpayer money on a tennis court on the Prescott campus was a “misuse of educational funds.”

She said that the College only offers two tennis classes with a maximum enrollment of 32 students.

There are no tennis courts of any kind anywhere else in the Community College system that are supported by the Community College.

All of Ms. McCasland’s short speech to the Governing Board may be viewed by clicking here. (The full video of the September meeting will also be on the College web site shortly.)

Taxpayer supported tennis court going up

 A $1.3 million dollar tennis complex being built on the Prescott campus is said to be what “every community will want in the future

The Yavapai Community College tennis center complex going up on the Prescott campus was recently described by Prescott Daily Courier columnist Chris Howard  as consisting of “six post-tensioned concrete championship courts and a new stadium court — all with state-of-the-art lights, seating and viewing areas, 10 and under lines on the upper two courts, new and expanded tennis programs and no more crisis management.”  He wrote that “This facility will be what every community will want to have in their future.” 

He also reported that the Prescott Area Tennis Association had raised nearly $200,000 for the complex and the City of Prescott will give $25,000 and repave the parking lot between the new tennis facility and the baseball complex at Roughrider Park at a cost of about $80,000.  County taxpayers will provide the remaining $1.1 million dollars of the estimated cost for the complex.  To read more, click here.

The construction of the tennis area continues the Prescott tradition of building all athletic facilities on the Prescott campus.  After more than 45 years, it has never constructed an athletic facility anywhere else in the County.