Mid-January Querbes Update

The Querbes Tennis Center renovation continues to move forward and opening is scheduled for the end of January and will be available for 2020 Spring Season in February! 

Lights, fencing, irrigation and electrical work are completed.  SPAR crews are painting, cleaning up, finishing up with final touches to the inside of the club house with a new ceiling, lights and windows. 

The subcontractors are here performing the final stages of work for both the hard and soft courts!

Center Court shade structures attached to the light fixtures are also being purchased and will be installed for the soft courts and hard courts 7 and 8.

Again, Querbes can host teams for the spring season as planned.

Secondary interviews for the Tennis Director at Querbes, Southern Hills, and Cockrell are in process.  We are hoping to have pros in place very soon.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Querbes Committee via Contact Us.

We know everyone is more than ready for this project to be completed and we sincerely appreciate you patience, positive thoughts, encouragements, and comments! Please know that the City, SPAR, Querbes Park Foundation, and your Community Tennis Association Committee have put in many man hours together and are working diligently to make this happen, but we want to make sure it happens right!

Early January Querbes Update

The Soft-Court Subcontractor and crew are here and performing some preliminary work currently. The material for both hard and soft courts will be in Tuesday/Wednesday.

The Hard-Court Subcontractor will have two crews coming in to begin topcoat overlay, install net posts, lines, etc., this coming Wednesday

The soft court overlay will also begin Wednesday and will take approximate 7 days, weather permitting.  A little rain will not slow them down so weather permitting an anticipated finish is 1/15/20.

The City has been working diligently with painting, clean up, ordering items, and other work needed at Querbes.

December Querbes Tennis Center Update

The Querbes Tennis Center renovation continues to move forward and opening is scheduled for the end of January and will be available for 2020 Spring Season in February! 

The lights are up, fencing in place, irrigation and electrical work completed, painting and clean up work ongoing, and both the hard and soft court bases are ready for the final stages which will begin next week!

There have been a few delays since the last update, primarily due to unforeseen health problems with the soft court subcontractor. This is the subcontractor that was highly recommended due to his experience with numerous soft court builds and renovations in Louisiana and the surrounding area. The primarily contractor has addressed the issue and project is back on track to be completed by the end of January. 

SPAR has also ordered and is installing new glass in the Club House that was not originally in the budget as well as purchasing all new accessories such as benches and score boards.  Shade structures are also being purchased and will be installed.

Again, Querbes can host teams for the spring season as planned.

Preliminary interviews for the tennis director at Querbes have been conducted and finalists will be coming to Shreveport for additional interviews in the next couple of weeks.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Querbes Committee via Contact Us via CTA Website

We know everyone is more than ready for this project to be completed and we sincerely appreciate you patience, positive thoughts, encouragements, and comments! Please know that the City, SPAR, Querbes Park Foundation, and your Community Tennis Association Committee have put in many man hours together and are working diligently to make this happen, but we want to make sure it happens right!

2019 Louisiana Tennis Association Award Winners

ACE AWARD
Bossier Ladies Tennis – Pedro Docampo

ADULT TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR
St. Joseph’s Academy 2019 Tennis Classic

CHARITY EVENT OF THE YEAR
Northwest Louisiana St. Jude Classic​​

CHARLES TURNER VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
Ged Schwing​​

COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association 

EDUCATIONAL MERIT AWARD​​
Todd Killen, Bianca Schulz

FACILITY OF THE YEAR
Bossier Tennis Center

GUS RIVERA JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (SELECTED BY JTC)
Benjamin Koch
Gavriella Smith

JUNIOR TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR
Walk-On’s Independence Bowl Junior Classic

LEAGUE TENNIS LEGEND AWARD (SELECTED BY ALC)
Bob Patterson
Gordy Ward

MARILYN SHERMAN SPIRIT AWARD
Christie Pylant and Steve Robicheaux

NEHEMIAH ATKINSON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION CHAMPION AWARD
Lloyd Dillion

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Tennis Apprentice

SPECIAL TENNIS EVENT OF THE YEAR
The City Championships

TEAM TENNIS EVENT OF THE YEAR
Sip and Serve One Day Tournament

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Todd Killen

THE MICKEY MCNULTY FAMILY OF THE YEAR
The Babin Family

NW LA CTA Looking for a Coordinator

Areas of Work

  • Develop and promote programs that will recruit and funnel new and current players into organized play towards the growth and participation goals of the USTA, LTA, and the NWLACTA. 
  • Work directly for CTA President, Executive Board and with other Coordinators on all Adult and Junior Programs such as:
    • Tennis Apprentice and Social Leagues to gain new adult players.  A key part of this responsibility would to see that these new players sign up in 2.5 USTA leagues after completion of the program(s).
    • In junior programming, call on targeted schools to assist in creating new programs and players. 
    • Adaptive & Veterans Programs.  Work with CPSB, BPSB, and other organizations such as Veterans or Wheelchair in developing programs.
    • Develop and work with the other coordinators, tennis facilities and pros on programs to build school leagues to further advance the growth of JTT.
    • Develop and assist in implementing other programs that will create a pathway for adults into USTA leagues (i.e. church leagues, company leagues, etc.).
    • Identifies opportunities and recommends methods to improve service, work processes and financial performance. 
    •  Assists in the implementation of quality improvement initiatives.
    • Assists co-workers in the completion of tasks and assignments to ensure continuity of service
    • Works with and assists the CTA’s Volunteer Committee in the recruitment of local volunteers for various events.
    • Provides courteous and prompt service to all internal and external customers.  
    • Prioritizes and addresses requests and assignments in a professional manner to develop cooperative relationships and to ensure that customer confidentiality is assured.
  • Work with the CTA President and/or Marketing Chair on the following:
    • Monthly and bi-monthly E Newsletter 
      • Collecting information from all organizations, pros, and spotlighting of tennis players and what is going on within tennis community.
      • Face Book – Jot Form – Constant Contact – Marketing – Posters & Handouts
  • Attend monthly CTA meetings with a report summarizing Coordinator activities during the previous month and the schedule of events upcoming.  Communicate planned events and follow up to ensure the CTA calendar and website are always accurate.  
  • Provides written summary of work performed to the NWLA CTA president for payment of services at end of each month.
  • Performs other services as requested and projects and events come up.

Skills 

  • Intermediate to high level knowledge of tennis and general programs in tennis community  
  • Knowledge of Net Generation – Can be learned on Net Generation Website
    • Net Generation Background check, Safe Play Certified, and Legal Acknowledgment with USTA
    • USTA Membership
  • Intermediate to high level of computer knowledge or willingness to learn and be competent in:
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • Constant Contact
    • Jot Form
    • Excel
    • Google Docs
    • Publisher or other type program

Other Requirements

Local travel is required for the development of new programs.  Training programs annually for staff training, marketing, and the annual LTA Community Development workshop.

September Querbes Tennis Center Update

The Querbes Tennis Center Committee continues to meet with SPAR at least monthly discussing and working on the renovation and plans for the Tennis Center moving forward. 

Although the CTA has received comments and questions about the perceived slow progress, the City and the contractor assures us that we are still on target for completing the project the beginning of January. Much of the work is in preparation for the new items and not immediately visible to someone just looking at the site and/or not familiar with all the prep work required. A listing of all the work that has been completed is provided to the Querbes CTA Committee on a regular basis. 

A summary of items that are of interest to most CTA members are the following;

  • RFP’s (Request for Proposals) for the positions of Tennis Professional – Querbes Tennis Center and Tennis Professional – Southern Hills Tennis Center have been posted and will remain open for 30 days. The following link can be used to access the RFP https://www.shreveportla.gov/DocumentCenter/View/15873/RFP-19-826-Tennis-Prof-for-Querbes- or you can access at www.shreveportla.gov/solicitations
  • NWLA CTA Querbes Committee representatives including USTA Southern TSA Bill Phillips will be involved in the selection process
  • Work expected to be completed within the next 30 days includes; all light pole bases completed, Lights installed, Irrigation completed, Clay court fence completed (other than gates), other fencing started, Mow strip completed, and Hauser Tennis (Clay Court Contractor) is scheduled for the 2ndweek of October. 

The Querbes Tennis Center Committee is excited about the progress and the completely renovated facility that the community will be enjoying in early 2020.

July 15 Querbes Tennis Center Update

The Querbes Tennis Center complete renovation is proceeding as planned and still on schedule to be completed by January 2020.


 Work Completed:
• Cut out asphalt and disposed of to prepare for hard court post tension overlay.
• Removed interior fencing and cut poles to proposed height to prepare for sleeving.
• Removed existing light poles and disposed of.
• Removed net post poles and anchors.
• Drilled holes in preparation of concrete for light pole bases; install conduit, rebar, and anchor bolts – 41/48 complete (3 of the 7 have an electrical line that may be of conflict. Architect is aware and we will discuss after 811 locate marks site on 7/18). 
• Dirt between clay and hard courts has been removed to allow better drainage. 
• Mow strip has been dug out on south side of clay court. 
• Light fixtures are on site, poles are not finished at the present. 
• Cut out concrete on courts 11 & 12 around net post. 
• Cut out concrete around hard courts in order to pour new ADA handicap ramp. 
• Removed existing sidewalks leading to clay courts.

Work Expected to be complete in next 30 days:
• All light pole bases completed. 
• Light pole electrical conduit trenched and installed to all lights. 
• Lights possibly installed if poles are received. 
• Mow Strip Completed. 
• Clay court irrigation started. 
• Net post bases started possibly completed.


Northwest Louisiana CTA Querbes Committee

April 23 Querbes Tennis Center Update

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An agreement with the City of Shreveport has been signed, sealed, and delivered to completely renovate the Querbes Park Tennis Center!  The facility will be closed for the remainder of this year with a scheduled reopen date of January 2020, weather permitting.

During this past year the Querbes Park Foundation (QPF) and a group from the CTA met with SPAR on a monthly basis to come up with a plan to renovate QTC.  It was agreed to make the clubhouse ADA compliant by adding new bigger bathrooms, paint, flooring, an outside elevator, etc., saving where possible to be able to use the remaining funds for the tennis courts that were in complete disrepair.  The City bid the renovation of the entire facility and the bids came in at slightly over $1,000,000.  However, the remaining funds from the ADA Bond would only cover the soft courts.  The city was $500,000 short of getting this done.  The Querbes Park Foundation offered to put up $250,000 if the city would match that offer with another $250,000 and get the entire facility done at once as it should be.  This budget amendment was passed at the City Council by a vote of 6-1 on December 11, 2018.

Through a very generous grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Southern USTA, LTA, and funds raised to date from QPF, NWLACTA, Caddo Parish and many private donors, we have approximately $150,000 raised and in commitments to date!  

A fundraiser has been set by The Querbes Park Foundation and the NWLACTA.  It will be a dinner fundraiser at the Petroleum Club on Tuesday May 7th.  Happy Hour: 5:30-6:15 and dinner following.  Special Guests will be in attendance.  A night to have some fun and talk about the long history of Tennis at Querbes Park in Shreveport.  Tickets will be $100 each or tables of 8 for $700.  This will be a “fun” one so whether you play tennis or not, you will want to attend.  

An invitation has been sent through the CTA Constant Contact and is on CTA Facebook page (northwest louisiana community tennis association).  You can also go to www.nwlacta.com website and click the registration button.  Here is the direct jot form link as well:  https://www.jotform.com/build/90847304877165 .

The addition of the renovated tennis center will certainly compliment the already renovated golf facility and all together the newly renovated park is certainly a “game changer” for the park itself, the neighborhood and surrounding areas, and the city.  

Many of you have already responded, THANK YOU!!  I am asking each of you not only for your support in the fundraising efforts of QTC but to also reach out to your friends and business associates for support to ensure the completion of this important project.  

If you have any questions, ideas, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.  On behalf of the NWLACTA Board and Committee, and QPF, let me thank you in advance and let you know how much we appreciate your dedication, support, and hard work to ensure the Querbes Park and Tennis Center becomes a reality!
— 
Rhonda Rubben
NWLACTA President
rrubben8@gmail.com
318-423-3259

3/6/2019 Querbes Tennis Center Update

The Northwest Louisiana CTA Querbes Tennis Center committee continues regular meetings with SPAR, most recently on 3/6/2019. The tennis center closed effective 2/1/2019. Programs/clinics/lessons/etc. have been moved to either Southern Hills or Cockrell tennis centers. Please contact David Kimball (318-673-7784) with any questions. The projected re-opening date is 12/31/2019. This may seem like a long time (and it is), but when the center reopens we will have a NEW QUERBES. All courts are being redone. This includes 6 soft, 5 hard and two 18-foot courts. Lighting, curbing, fencing, and the building (with wheelchair access to the office and restrooms) are all being completely renovated! The building work is almost complete!

The total cost for all the renovations significantly exceeds a million dollars. This project would not be underway if not for the Querbes Park Foundation and its founder James West, who have stepped up to guarantee a $250,000 line of credit to get the project started now, while we raise the funds to pay off the line of credit. This $250K was matched by the city in addition to its already substantial commitment to the project. We are applying for grants, asking for donations, doing fundraisers, etc. to raise this substantial sum. This can only be accomplished if everyone steps up and participates in a major way. 

Querbes Tennis Center has played a major role in developing a tennis community in Northwest Louisiana, and we need your help bringing her back to that role once again.

 You can do so by sending a check or by going to nwlacta.com and using PayPal. The CTA 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.

Querbes Tennis Center Committee; Jay R. Boyd – chair, Rhonda Rubben, James West, Joey Lawler, Brian Bernard, Rick Holland, and Bill Phillips

NW LA CTA Looking for Junior Coordinator

NLooking for a part time job that is rewarding and will help our children, juniors, and Tennis Community? Check this out!!! If interested, please contact Rhonda Rubben at rrubben8@gmail.com 
Job Responsibilities Include:Works with the Board and Community Coordinator/CTA with community tennis events in schools, neighborhoods and tennis centers.
Plan and promote with Pros Play Days and/or Red Ball Events. 
 Assist Pro’s and facilities with junior programs/planning.
 Network with local schools to provide opportunities for junior play/intro to tennis.
 Attend CTA meetings, provide reports and updates.
Work with LTA/Southern Region for numbers/marketing/planning.

Responsible for player/event information data being submitted to LTA/USTA for junior numbers.

Assists with Junior budget for CTA.

Help plan and work with a committee with the CTA Tournaments.

Recruit and train volunteers for local junior events. 

Promote and market junior events with flyers, jotform, constant contact emails, social media, local clubs and media when needed.

Look for opportunities within the community for junior tennis introductions such as the Revel, church events, Girl Scouts, neighborhood libraries, etc.