Mayor London Breed and members of the Tennis and Learning Center prepare to drop the net to symbolize the “groundbreaking” at the ceremony for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Mayor London Breed and members of the Tennis and Learning Center prepare to drop the net to symbolize the “groundbreaking” at the ceremony for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

City breaks ground on major Golden Gate Park tennis court renovation project

Tennis Center’s $27 million facelift funded through private donors

City officials broke ground Wednesday on a renovation project at a historic 125-year-old tennis complex in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

The $27 million project will include 17 U.S. Tennis Association-regulation courts, a sunken feature court and a dedicated pickleball court.

Other additions are a 7,800-square-foot clubhouse with a players lounge, recreation and locker rooms, a kitchen and a garden area.

The renovated facility will also have a dedicated classroom allowing expansion of a city recreation program providing after-school tennis instruction, academic tutoring and mentoring to youths from underserved neighborhoods in San Francisco.

The center was established in 1894 and has played host to such greats as Billie Jean King and local standout Peanut Harper Louie.

Last year, the center had 600,000 visits, but years of heavy use have left cracked and damaged court surfaces. The renovation will also address drainage and lighting issues and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements, among other work.

Work is expected to take about 18 months, said Tamara Barak Aparton of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

The project is being funded by a public-private partnership that included donations from the Taube Philanthropies, the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund, the Koret Foundation, and Jackie and Joby Pritzker, along with $4.5 million from the city’s 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks bond measure.

-Chris Treadway, Bay City News

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Officials drop the tennis net to symbolize the “groundbreaking” at the ceremony for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Officials drop the tennis net to symbolize the “groundbreaking” at the ceremony for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The crowd shows support during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center project on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The crowd shows support during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center project on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

People look at the model of proposed renovations for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

People look at the model of proposed renovations for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A model depicting planned renovations for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

A model depicting planned renovations for the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (Ellie Doyen/Special to S.F. Examiner)

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