Dust off your tennis racquets! The Maybank Tennis Center has reopened after an extensive renovation, supported in part by the Charleston Parks Conservancy and generous sponsors.
Work on the center began in June and was completed in October. The results are six hard courts (six of the eight courts were demolished and rebuilt) and three clay courts. The courts were about 40 years old and in need of significant repair.
The Charleston Parks Conservancy and friends of the Maybank Tennis Center raised more than $16,000 for the additional clay courts.
Other facility improvements included:
• Raised all the court elevations and installed two detention ponds onsite to reduce flooding and improve drainage in the facility.
• Additional parking to accommodate the two new courts. In total there are 49 parking spots, enough to accommodate the normal day-to-day tennis players.
• New lighting for all of the hard courts, sidewalks, drinking fountain and landscaping.
By November, the clay courts will be completed and ready for play. There will be a 6-foot fence constructed along Fleming Drive to help buffer road noise. And there will be a permanent plaque recognizing the facility’s founder, Burnett Maybank, who completed the tennis center in 1972. It was sold to the City of Charleston in 2000.
A big thanks to the sponsors and supporters who made this project possible:
CHAMPION $5,000 or more
Residents of Bishop Gadsden
John and Lucia Childs
ADVANTAGE 2,499 - $1,000
Dr. and Mrs. G. Thomas Finnegan
The Miller Family/Kickin’ Chicken
The Quirk-Garvan Fund
In Honor of Lee Reed
PLAYER $999 - $500
In Memory of Peter Weiland
LOVE $499 - $100
Carpet Baggers Floor Covering
Henry and Rita Donato
E. Clark Morrison
Sara Jane Reynolds
John and Brittany Wallace
Wilson & Heyward LLC
BASELINE $99 - $10