November 28 Querbes Tennis Center Update

The Northwest Louisiana CTA Querbes Tennis Center Committee met on November 28, 2018 with Shreveport Parks and Recreation (SPAR) representatives. We were informed that a contract was sent out on November 27th, to be signed and processed by the company that is being awarded the contract. Finalizing this should be done within 2-3 weeks at most. The contract covers all work needed on the soft courts which includes; resurfacing the courts, new fencing, curbs, watering system, and net posts. A separate contract for the ADA compliant lift to the second floor is also being prepared. Construction work continues to the inside of the building to make it ADA compliant. They are behind schedule due to unforeseen issues with the concrete structure and wiring. Plans are also underway to provide shade structures over benches on all 6 soft courts.

Plans to potentially raise the needed funds to redo the hard courts along with the soft courts in 2019 is also being worked on. This would be a joint effort with the city of Shreveport, Querbes Park Foundation and the tennis community through the Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association (CTA). This is a very time critical endeavor and we need everyone to come forward and support this effort with your financial contributions and your time.

You can do so by sending a check or by going to nwlacta.com and using PayPal. The CTA is is a 501 (c) 3 and all donations are tax deductible. Please memo QUERBES RENOVATIONS. If you would like to help by serving on a committee, please complete the jotform: https://form.jotform.com/81757964928174 and click Friends of QTC.

This is an effort that requires everyone to step forward!

August 17 Querbes Tennis Center Update

If you have been by Querbes Tennis Center this past week, you have seen the initial signs of implementation of the plans we have been discussing. The temporary buildings with an office and restrooms are in place. This allows work on the physical building as communicated last month to begin.

Bid specs are being finalized by the city for new curbing, fencing, soft court resurfacing, irrigation, lighting and shade covering for benches.

The CTA’s Querbes Tennis Center Committee’s volunteers continue to work with SPAR on all of these items. Our next meeting is scheduled for August 29thwhere we hope to complete the bid package for the soft courts.

The following is a repeat of the June 26 update, but needs to be repeated. We need everyone to be involved. Do as much as you can, even a little will go a long ways. Please sign up and help!


Now we need YOUR HELP! The CTA has a Fall Tennis Tournament set for November 9th-11th and we would like to make this a fundraiser for Querbes Tennis Center renovation efforts. Additional funds may be needed to complete all we would like to do on the soft courts and all funds will have to be raised for the hard courts. The CTA has also applied for court a resurface grant for the soft courts and will apply again for the hard court reconstruction.

If you would like to donate please send a check or go to the donation page at nwlacta.com and use PayPal. The CTA is a 501 (c) 3 and all donations are tax deductible! Please memo QUERBES RENOVATIONS.

If you would like to be on a committee and assist with the fundraiser in the fall and other work in 2019, please complete the jotform: https://form.jotform.com/81757964928174

The CTA is very excited that this project is moving forward and are looking forward for Querbes Tennis Center to be restored and become a great tennis facility for all to enjoy once again!

Querbes Tennis Center Fall Fundraiser

Querbes Park was developed in 1925 as the Broadmoor Golf Club by A. C. Steere, developer. In 1944 the city took over the ownership of the property and renamed it in honor of former Mayor Andrew Querbes who served two terms beginning in 1902 and accomplished great strides in improving Shreveport. In 1964, the Capital Investment Committee, Mrs. Justin Querbes, Sr., and J. Robert Welsh both members, recommended to SPAR council, headed by A. E. Haynes, to build the Querbes Tennis Center in 1964. Clyde Fant was mayor at this time.

Thousands of people have played at these courts and have treasured memories from social and league play, junior tournaments, state tournaments, and the famous City Tennis Tournament that began somewhere in the early thirties at Princess Park and moved to Querbes Tennis Center in 1965. This tournament was one of the most anticipated local events of the year drawing huge crowds from the 1950’s to the early 1990’s. Hundreds of people would come out to watch players like Kay McDaniel, Stephanie Fess, Lauren Cotter, Andy Lloyd, Pat Harrison, Mark Weaver, Kenneth Myers, and now ranked 80 in the world but child at the time, Ryan Harrison! The tournament also held a Junior/Pro event where up-and-coming juniors took on local pro veterans. It was great times and memories had by all.

In 2011 a bond issue was passed by the city for the sole purpose of making Querbes Tennis Center ADA compliant. Those plans have now been drawn, approved, and signed off on by the mayor, and construction will begin in August. There are also funds to redo the six soft courts and will include new lighting, fencing, curbing, and shade. This will deplete the 2011 bond funds.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to complete Querbes Tennis Center
And to make it one of the top sought after courts to play on once again!

Additional funds will be needed for complete renovation of the five hard courts, lighting, fencing, shade, etc. All monies raised for this tournament will be restricted to the renovation and improvements of Querbes Tennis Center.

Our weekend will not only consist of a two person team tennis tournament for all levels, but will also include a junior/pro player exhibition, open divisions for men and women that include junior players, food, drinks, hit for prizes, drawings, player prizes, wine pull, and more!

We invite you to a sponsorship opportunity that will help us provide a wonderful weekend while raising funds for this legend of a facility, QUERBES TENNIS CENTER!

Please let us know if you have any questions. Click here for the information on sponsorship and donations.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Querbes Tennis Center Tournament Planning Committee

Joey Lawler,
Sponsorship Chair

June 26 Querbes Tennis Center Update

GREAT NEWS!!

The bids have come back and have been accepted to begin the ADA compliance work on the Querbes Tennis Center! The bonds and contracts are being processed and signed and work should begin on the clubhouse mid to late July!

A temporary building with restrooms will be put out front during the renovation.

As you can see from the drawing the men’s and women’s restrooms have been flipped and both now have 3 restrooms and double sinks in each. There will also be storage beside and behind them for janitorial and miscellaneous supplies. The lower area and the manager’s office will remain the same and the counter space has been shortened. The area will also be painted with new flooring and counter tops. A wheelchair/Platform Lift will be installed outside facing court 7.

As a result of much planning, scaling back on the clubhouse renovations, and prioritizing court surface improvements, funds from the bond will be available to resurface the soft courts, and make improvements to the fences, lights, net posts and shade coverage! SPAR and the CTA are working on these plans and will meet again in late July to hopefully finalize with a target start date of late summer to early fall with a 90-120 day turnaround, weather permitting!

The hard courts, fencing, curbs, lights, etc., reconstruction work cannot be completed with the current dollars left in the budget. The soft courts are the immediate prior, but work on the hard courts is also needed. We will have to access all possible funding sources to complete the hard court work. We are hopeful this can be done in 2019, but will need everyone’s efforts to accomplish this goal.

Now we need YOUR HELP!

The CTA has a Fall Tennis Tournament set for November 9th-11th and we would like to make this a fundraiser for Querbes Tennis Center renovation efforts. Additional funds may be needed to complete all we would like to do on the soft courts and all funds will have to be raised for the hard courts. The CTA has also applied for court a resurface grant for the soft courts and will apply again for the hard court reconstruction.

If you would like to donate please send a check or go to www.nwlacta website page and use pay pal. The CTA is a 501 (c) 3 and all donations are tax deductible! Please memo QUERBES RENOVATIONS.

If you would like to be on a committee and assist with the fundraiser in the fall and other work in 2019, please complete the jotform:

The CTA is very excited that this project is moving forward and are looking forward for Querbes Tennis Center to be restored and become a great tennis facility for all to enjoy once again!

April 25 Querbes Tennis Center update

On April 25, 2018, the Community Tennis Association’s Querbes Tennis Center committee met once again with Spar Representatives Shelly Ragle (Director), Russel Delancy (City Architect) and Becky Berry (Division Manager). Representing the CTA was Jay R. Boyd, Rhonda Rubben, Rick Holland, Brian Bernard and James West (Querbes Park Foundation).

Ms. Ragle and Mr. Delancy showed us new building plans to bring the building itself into ADA compliance. It is a scaled down plan that will satisfy the agreement with the Department of Justice and still have funds available to address some of the court renovations that are critical. It is hopeful that with the remaining funds and additional funds we will be trying to raise, that we can do renovations to the 6 soft courts as soon as possible.

We advised SPAR that we had contacted the USTA Facility Assistance group and started the process to request technical and financial assistance with the court renovations. We submitted the initial form and they have acknowledged receipt. Mr. James West has agreed to be the point person for communications and follow-up with the USTA to ensure it is disseminated to all parties.

The desire and plan of all parties, is to renovate all courts, lighting, curbing, fencing, as well as the building. We realize that funding for all of that is a large hurdle and therefore are addressing the plan in stages. We are moving forward with getting a bid on the scaled down building and the soft court renovations. At the same time, we are looking for other revenue sources to address the other needs. A plan of action that can be presented to the mayor is being developed also. Please step up with your suggestions and help in the endeavor.

 

A final note, but one that is critically important, is the vote for approving the tax renewals on the ballot for this Saturday April 28, 2018. Included in the renewals is Proposition 2 (Parks & Recreation/Community Centers). The passage of this renewal is critical to on-going funding of our tennis Centers as well as all parks, centers playgrounds. Get out and VOTE!

April update from Jay Boyd regarding Querbes Tennis Center

On April 11,2018, members of the Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association’s Querbes Tennis Center Committee met for the second time with SPAR representatives concerning the status of the Querbes Tennis Center renovations. Members of the committee include the following individuals; Jay R. Boyd and Rick Holland (co-chairs), James West ( Querbes Park Foundation), Rhonda Rubben, Brian Benard, Joey Lawler, and USTA Southern representative Bill Phillips. Querbes Tennis Center was represented by Jeff Roberts.

As outlined in our original communication, we met with SPAR on February 13, 2018 and they were to update us when the next round of bids was received on March 13th. Unfortunately, it took several communications until we finally received that update at the April 11,2018 meeting. The new bids once again far exceeded budget. Another plan and request for bids is going out with a much scaled down plan for building revisions. The hope is the new revisions will meet ADA guidelines and still leave some funds to redo court surfaces. SPAR and the Querbes Committee are both in agreement that court improvements are critical. Additional funding sources will be needed and we are applying to the USTA Facility  Assistance Program for planning and financial assistance. Additional funding sources will also be needed.

We have scheduled the next meeting for Wednesday April 25th.

Update from Jay Boyd on Querbes Tennis Center rehabilitation

The Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association (NWLACTA) Board of Directors knows all of the tennis players in northwest Louisiana are interested and supportive of our joint efforts to bring Querbes Tennis Center back to its position as one of the premier public tennis facilities in north Louisiana.

Whereas the 2011 Bond Issue that was passed ($500,000 original with $440,000 remaining) MUST be utilized to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city and SPAR are very aware of the other numerous issues that need to be addressed including resurfacing of both the hard and clay courts and improving the lighting and hoping there are left over funds, along with others, to address these much needed improvements.

On February 13th, representatives of the NWLA CTA (Jay Boyd & Rhonda Rubben) and USTA Southern (Bill Phillips) met with representatives of the Shreveport Parks and Recreation (SPAR) Department including Shelly Ragle (Director), Patrick Wesley (Asst. Director), Stephen Terese (Querbes Project Director), Russell DeLancy (City Architect) and Katie Martin (Assistant to the Director, Planning and Development). The meeting included our discussing areas that the tennis community could potentially help with (including USTA grants and facility planning expertise) and SPAR updating us on the current status of the project. The city understands all the issues and problems including court conditions very well and was updated on the results of USTA League and regular play being down substantially including no state tournaments, no SALT league play, etc.

New scaled down drawings have been submitted and are out for bid (due 3/13/18). The new plans call for a smaller elevator, ADA compliant restrooms (no showers), plus new check-in and office downstairs. The city has also submitted a grant for funds for lighting.  Discussions on the courts, lights, etc. will occur after the 3/13 bid review. Spar Director Shelly Ragle assured us that they would contact us after the bids are in and another meeting will be set up and further discussion will happen before any actions are taken.

Overall, it was a very productive meeting and provided good communication exchange from all parties. A small planning committee for the Querbes Tennis Center project has been formed and includes the following individuals; Jay R. Boyd (co-chair), Rick Holland (co-chair), Rhonda Rubben, Brian Bernard, and Joey Lawler. Everyone who has signed up at to assist in the Querbes Renovation Project are on the large committee, and we will be calling on you once we get the update on bids and plans from the city. If you have any questions, you can reach me at jayrboyd@gmail.com, or 318-573-5717.

Walk-On’s Independence Bowl announces Junior Tennis Classic

About 10 years ago, Grady Wilson sat down with tennis legend Nick Bollettieri, who was asked to detail his “secrets” to success. The famed coach’s explanation was less than earth-shattering. Wilson, the director of tennis at Pierremont Oaks and East Ridge Country Club, said Bollettieri simply passed along an excerpt from a bible verse, Ecclesiastes 1:9.

“There is nothing new under the sun.”

Said Wilson: “He just went down the road to see what his neighbors are doing and tried to bring it back to his club.”

Wilson saw his tennis neighbors to the south revive the Sugar Bowl junior tennis tournament, an event that began in the 1940s, but disappeared in the 90s.Why not Shreveport, a city that used to sport a tennis event backed by the Independence Bowl until the 1980s.

 Tuesday, Wilson was present for the official announcement of The Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Junior Tennis Classic, a USTA Southern Level 2 event scheduled to take place at five area venues in August.
Click here to read more from ShreveportTimes.com

2018 Board of Directors Nominations

The CTA nominating committee consisting of Sue Allender, Phillip Campbell and Jay R. Boyd is recommending the following individuals for positions on the Northwest Louisiana CTA’s  Board of Directors. These nominations are for a term as outlined in the new NWLA CTA By-laws commencing in 2018.
 
Individuals and positions recommended by the nominating committee are as follows:
 
President – Rhonda Rubben
Executive Vice President – Grady Wilson
Vice President – Mike Correal
Secretary – Sue Allender
Treasurer – John Liles
Immediate Past President – Bob Patterson
Executive Board  Member at Large – Jay R. Boyd
Facility Representative Board Members:
David Kimball – Southern Hills and Cockrell
Open position – Querbes
Todd Killen – Bossier Tennis Center
Eddie Copete – East Ridge CC
Stevie Schmidt – Southern Trace CC
Philip Campbell – at large member for Pierremont Oaks Tennis Center (per by-laws for Grady Wilson)
At Large Board Members:
Brian Bernard
Joey Lawler
Tracy Meehan