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.

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.