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7 - Handout, Platform Tennis~~~~~~~ ~ ~,~~3 .~~a~~~/ s PPTA A ~ 4531 W. 124th Avenue Broomfield, CO, 80020 May 21, 2001 Dear Kate, As the current President of the USA Professional Platform Tennis Assoaation (PPTA), the trade association for platform tennis teaching professionals, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Platform Tennis ASSOCiation (APTA), governing body for the sport, I wanted to express my support for platform tennis in the Boulder community. Platform tennis is the perfect sport for a recreation center and for Boulder, Colorado. Although it is primarily a winter sport, many local players en~oy it on a year-round basis. As such, it prowdes people, such as myself, who may not sw or who cannot afford to belong to an indoor recquet faality to play an outdoor racquet sport dunng the wmter months at a minimal cost. Platform tennis has been an important part of the Boulder recreation scene smce the early 1980s. Shortly after AI ]arvis introduced the sport to the community, the North Boulder Recreat~on Center hosted an APTA sanctioned men's doubles event. After several years, the tournament became so popular that it was moved to a facility m Denver that has enough courts to more easily host the event. This past season the maugural men's senior doubles APTA sanctioned tournament was held for players over 45 years in age Over the years the Boulder courts have been the home of some of the top men and women players in the °' country. A number of local players have participated on the PresidenYs Cup teams for the Western Region (this is a regional compeUtion for the top players from each region held in con~unction with the national championships). Local men's and women teams have competed successfully at the national level, with Gty of Boulder residents finishing in the top 32 of the men's and women's national championships and in the top 16 of the mixed championships. While these "elite" players have brought visibility to the sport in Boulder, it should be noted that the courts are primanly occupied by a myriad of players at lower levels These players range in age from their early 20s to their late 70s Over the years, the local players have qwetly helped the Boulder RecreaUOn Department fulfiil its mission of providing recreation m a cost effectrve manner. The platform tennis community has provided support in the followmg ways• • Conducted mformal clmics to bnng new players to the game, • Taught classes for the recreabon department, • Offered information clmics for the staff of the North Boulder Recreation Center, • Provided introductory clinics for local clubs and facdities, • Met with other laal recreation facdities in an effort to expand the sport, . Assisted in gathenng informat~on for all pro~ects impacbng the courts, • Formed informal leagues, and . Provided housing for out-of-town maintenance crews. The platform tennis community has agreed to conbnue its longstanding support of the recreation facility ~"'"` after the courts are relocated. The followmg is a short list of possible adiwties that the platForm tennis ~+~' commumty feels can be accomphshed in ao effort to make this a wm-wm situation for all parties: ,~,,, • Conduct a"grand openmg" for the pubhc with a speaal set of actiwties for those in the immediate neighborhood, • Prowde training from USPTA certified professionals for the NBRC tennis instructors about how to use the platform tennis murts for teaching mini tennis • Offer a traming session for the NBRC tennis instructors about how to play and teach platform tenms. • Conduct penodic clinics for the NBRC staff - this will help them understand what the sport is, how to maintain the courts, etc. • Conduct a platform tennis eqwpment drive to gather eqwpment for use by the city to introduce local ~unior players to the sport. We would also suggest that the recreation department provide free or low cost programs for these players. . Contmue to meet wdh area fan6ties in an effort to eupand the sport. The recreation department will have many factors to consider as it moves forward with its plans to expand the recreation center and relocate the courts I wdl gladly offer my assistance in making contacts within the industry or local community to gather information that wdl allow for the relocation of the courts m a manner that is cost effective, not obtrusive to local neighbors and users of the park, and provides optimal visibtlity for courts (important for reduced vandalism and increased promotion of the sport). Thank you for your past support of the sport and I welcome the opportunity to work with you to move forvvard in a way that is cordial to ail parties Sincerely, Gary R Horvath °-' President, PPTA Cc. Christine Andersen, Deputy Gty Manager for Environmental Services Linda Kotowski, Acting Codirector of Parks and Recreation Dough Hawthorne, Actmg Codirector of Parks and Recreation Kate Bernhardt, Achng Superintendent of Parks Planning and Construdion Alan Quiller, Recreation Admmistrator Maureen Spitrer, Landscape Designer ~