I don’t think the city should be in the business of providing expensive and costly facilities that are not aimed at a communitywide need. Tennis players have access to summer courts and should adjust in winter to something else.
In reality the choice of the tennis facility location dictates it will be dominated and mostly likely totally controlled by the better-off in Turnagain. If it had been offered in Fairview, say, there might be a valid argument (the well off aren’t going to want to visit that area). Instead Fairview gets the alcoholic facility forced into their community while the whole city benefits.
I feel the money would be vastly better spent for citywide youth programs and facilities or on the libraries. And you can bet Turnagain would be a hostile venue for any less-than-spiffy-clad tennis player.
— Gregory Schmitz