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The gates will open on November 29. Councillor Peter Matic (Toowong) said the annual party, on the same night, would be switched from nearby Gregory Park.
“We get huge crowds over at Gregory, 600-800, so I’m thinking easily over 1000 (here),” Cr Matic said.
As finishing touches were put on the 3.5ha site this month, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk played down the need for more shade ahead of the summer opening.
“Not everything is about creating shade at every location; it’s also the opportunity to create a range of recreational opportunities,” Cr Quirk said.
The operator for the six new courts and kiosk was announced as Tennis Gear Australia.
Owner Mark Bloomfield said they would keep prices on par with the three other Brisbane sites they ran.
Details of the Christmas party will be confirmed closer to the date but rides, a sausage sizzle and the movie Frozen are on the cards.
Tennis Gear are a specialist tennis facility manager and operator of tennis centres at Shaw Park, Morningside and Everton Park. Mark Bloomfield from Tennis Gear said “the centre will be open 7 days per week and provide a range of professional tennis programs for players of all standards plus provide the ability for the community to hire the courts on a casual basis. We are extremely excited about being appointed as operator of the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre because it combines 100 years of history with a new state of the art tennis facility. Courtesy of the foresight of the Brisbane City Council, the local residents and tennis community will have a community asset that will serve them for many decades to come.”
It is expected that the park and tennis centre will be open for public access and use around the end of November.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today announced that Frew Park is on track for a November 29 opening, with major construction now complete on the Roy Emerson tennis centre.
The highly anticipated inclusive youth playground, known as The Arena, is nearing completion and is a key element of the reconstructed Frew Park site and will provide an exciting experience for teens while paying homage to the former use of the site. “The Arena will be fitted out with a range of fun and challenging equipment to enable children in the community to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle,” Cr Quirk said. “This $1 million playground is designed specifically to suit children 10 to 15 years of age and complements nearby parks in Milton and Gregory Terrace designed for younger children. “The playground will feature a range of exciting experiences including a large climbing wall and 7 metre high curly slide, climbing nets and ground level equipment for younger users and kids of all abilities.”
Cr Quirk has also announced that Tennis Gear Australia has been appointed to run the new Roy Emerson Tennis Centre. “We are looking forward to working with Tennis Gear Australia to provide Brisbane residents with a first-class tennis facility,” Cr Quirk said.
“The Roy Emerson tennis centre will have six tennis courts, a rebound wall, amenities and a lounge area with a food and beverage kiosk for park visitors to enjoy. “I look forward to re-opening Frew Park to Brisbane residents in November, ahead of another ace tennis season in Queensland which will start with the Brisbane International.”
Cr Quirk announced in June that Brisbane tennis legend Wendy Turnbull would be honoured in the naming of the Frew Park tennis green. “Wendy Turnbull was a Grand Slam winning doubles and mixed doubles player on nine occasions during her run on the Women’s Tennis Association tour in the 70s and 80s,” Cr Quirk said.
“As both an athlete and role model to aspiring players, she made a major contribution to the local sporting landscape. The dedication of the green in her name will ensure her impressive legacy lives on.” Other features of the new park will include shaded picnic areas, a large grassed open space for daytime sport and recreation, exercise equipment and a car park with 50 car spaces.
In June the giant tennis racquet which previously adorned the old Milton Tennis Centre at Frew Park, was re-installed at the redeveloped site. The Lord Mayor thanked well-known Brisbane identity Steve “Stefan” Ackerie, for the donation of the racquet, which would pay homage to the area’s rich sporting heritage.
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A giant tennis racquet that once adorned the Milton Tennis Centre will return to the site of the fabled sports venue once the area’s redevelopment is complete.
Brisbane City Council unveiled plans for a $12 million overhaul of the 3.5 hectare Milton Park in March 2012, which includes six tennis courts, a tennis administrative facility, open parkland and a playground.
The seven-metre racquet once towered over the tennis centre but was bought by Brisbane hairdressing entrepeneur Steve “Stefan” Ackerie after the site was demolished.
For much of the time since then the old racquet has sat in the spare block of land beside Mr Ackerie’s sky needle at West End.
Now it is set to welcome visitors to the new sporting facilities in Milton.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk announced this week the highly recognisable landmark would return to the site, now known as Frew Park, thanks to Mr Ackerie’s generosity.
“We are very grateful for this donation from Stefan and the agreement moving forward is for the racquet to be restored and placed within the park development, once complete,” Cr Quirk said.
“With construction now underway the plan is for the racquet’s steelwork to be rejuvenated and then repainted, before being placed along Milton Road at what will become one of the entrances to the park.”
Mr Ackerie took ownership of the racquet some time after the old Milton tennis centre was demolished.
The name Frew Park is in honour of local identity Robert Frew who was widely regarded as the driving force behind the creation of the former Milton Tennis Centre.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will pay homage to the rich sporting history of the former Milton Tennis Centre, with a new tennis facility on the site to be named in honour of former world number one, Roy Emerson.
The Lord Mayor said during yesterday’s council session (March 12) the name ‘Roy Emerson Tennis Centre’ was officially voted in.
“It’s with great pleasure that we are able to secure the name of one of the greatest tennis players of all time for the six courts and office space being incorporated as part of the development for the park,” Cr Quirk said.
“His haul of 28 Grand Slam titles is a record for men’s tennis, so this centre will be a tribute to all Roy achieved in the game, which can be shared with the community for future generations.”
Cr Quirk said the name Roy Emerson Tennis Centre was agreed upon by Council following a campaign by Tennis Queensland to honour the sporting hero.
In March last year, Council released the final concept plan for the 3.5 hectare Frew Park, which included the six tennis courts, a tennis office facility as well as a play area and open parkland.
Cr Quirk said the next steps for the project would be the start of construction, expected to begin in October this year.
“We’ve been very busy working behind the scenes to ensure this park is another exciting destination for residents and visitors when it opens to the public in late 2014,” he said.
“As the Milton area continues to grow in popularity as a business and residential hub, it’s essential we cater for this growth with green space and facilities for people to use and this inner city park will go a long way to achieving this goal.
“Detailed design is nearly complete and provides a number of different features in the park, including free Wi-Fi, all abilities play features and a playground designed for older kids.”
The tennis facility will be managed by a lessee and may include a small café area for park users. Council will be seeking proposals from interested parties closer to completion of the park.
Council is investing over $12 million to develop Frew Park, which was once the site of the Milton Tennis Centre and Milton Bowl.
The name Frew Park is in honour of Mr Robert Frew who was the ‘driving force’ behind the creation of the former Milton Tennis Centre.
Tennis in Brisbane is going back to the future, and in the process will honour one of the city’s greatest players.
Some 15 years after the former Milton Tennis Centre closed down, a $12 million dollar redevelopment of the Frew Park site is less than six months away from being complete.
On Tuesday it was announced a large grassed area at Frew Park would be named after Wendy Turnbull, who won nine Grand Slam doubles and mixed doubles titles and was a three-time Grand Slam singles finalist.
The Wendy Turnbull Green will be next to the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre, which includes six courts and a two-storey office facility.
A giant tennis racquet, an icon of the former tennis centre, will also return and be placed near the Frew Park’s Milton Road entrance.
The racquet was bought by Stefan Ackerie after the old centre closed, and the seven-metre structure is undergoing restoration work.
Turnbull, who grew up in Sandgate, said she was honoured to be recognised at the place where she and her six siblings honed their skills as juniors.
“I started there when the grass courts were considered ‘gold’ and the Queensland Lawn Tennis Association only let the juniors play on the two worst grass courts at the back on a Sunday afternoon,” she told Fairfax Media.
“We enjoyed it and it probably helped our tennis that the bounces were not great.”
In 1982, the former Milton Tennis Centre provided one of Turnbull’s career highlights, when she won the first WTA tournament played in Brisbane.
“It was a tremendous feeling to win such a tournament in front of my hometown crowd and my family. I know they were very proud,” she said.
Turnbull said it was “depressing” to see how the old centre was left unused and derelict before its demolition, and expressed her joy that new tennis courts would be built on the site.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the 3.5-hectare Frew Park complex would be completed by November “certainly on time and very much on budget”.
“This was going to be the site of a multi-storey unit development and council decided that it needed to be used for a better purpose, and I think this is a great outcome for the city,” he said.
Tennis Queensland chief executive Cameron Pearson said there was a shortage of courts and the new facility would “help tennis enormously”.
“It’s fitting that a Brisbane girl – born and bred – has her place etched in history here,” Mr Pearson said of the Wendy Turnbull Green.
A $1 million Arena playground will also be constructed at Frew Park and will include a large climbing wall, climbing nets and cages.