The NORD Atkinson/Stern Tennis Center (Stern) has been targeted by a Proposal that would dramatically alter the character and culture of the popular neighborhood facility. The Proposal would re-direct funding earmarked to renovate the historic clay courts post-Katrina and instead put them toward the interests of a private business and away from a diverse uptown community that has enjoyed the historic courts for decades. Beginning at Marengo and S. Saratoga circa 1879, Stern has been a clay court venue since 1925. Recently re-named to honor internationally renowned African American and New Orleans native Nehemiah Atkinson, Stern serves a diverse community of adults who choose to avoid the physically harmful stresses of hard courts. These historic clay courts have also provided one of the largest youth tennis summer programs in the United States. Stern is everything a public clay-court tennis facility should be. Accessible to all, its eclectic and diverse users distinguishes Stern and continues to attract a wide array of tennis users. But the Proposal by Schumacher to convert Stern to a hard court facility is trying to destroy it using an unfounded rationale that hard courts are what youth tennis needs. If the Proposal succeeds, a productive public sports venue serving a diverse neighborhood community will be destroyed. Preserve the NORD Atkinson/Stern Tennis Center for everyone. Sign the petition.
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Brooks Hamaker, United States7 years ago Comments: I have more than an average interest in this, as my house backs up to the ONE hard court which is actually located across the street behind the parking lot(unplayable-will have to be redone if wanted). This facility is important to the neighborhood, and needs to remain clay for the reasons stated so well by the above signers. Also, hopefully, as it has lights, it will be available for a longer playing period than the REDICULOUS and idiosyncratic hours kept at Audubon Pk (which is a really nice place, but not the most conveniently operated). Please, let's get this together soon. We need the courts.
Clyde E. Smith, United States7 years ago
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