The new Frew Park tennis centre is taking shape, writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
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Recently I visited to inspect progress on the development of the new tennis complex and community areas.
When the project is completed later this year, it will provide a fantastic recreation area for residents as well as a state of the art all abilities playground for older children.
Frew Park will also pay homage to Brisbane’s rich tennis history. Last week I announced that Brisbane tennis legend Wendy Turnbull would be honoured in the naming of the Frew Park tennis green.
Wendy Turnbull was a Grand Slam winning doubles and mixed doubles player on nine occasions during her run on the Women’s Tennis Association tour in the 70s and 80s as well as a finalist in three Grand Slam singles events. Wendy was ranked among the top 10 players in the world from 1977 to 1985.
As both an athlete and role model to aspiring players, Wendy made a major contribution to the local tennis landscape. By dedicating the green at our new centre in her name, we will ensure her impressive legacy lives on.
Frew Park will also honour another of Brisbane’s tennis greats, with the tennis courts named after Brisbane tennis legend Roy Emerson.
Roy Emerson had a record achievement of 28 Grand Slam titles during his career and this centre and Frew Park itself (when it was the Milton Tennis Centre) was Roy’s headquarters during some of his career.
In addition to tennis courts and tennis green, work on the Arena Playground is already underway. The $1 million project is designed specifically to suit children 10 to 15 years of age and will complement nearby parks in Milton and Gregory Terrace which are designed for younger children.
The Arena playground will be fitted out with a range of fun and challenging equipment to enable children in the community to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle.
The playground will feature a large climbing wall, a slide and climbing nets with cages that will have a pinnacle point of 10 metres.
Incorporated into the ground level of the Arena are various play features to keep younger children entertained while older kids tackle the more challenging sections.
Finally, many Brisbane residents may recall the iconic Milton Tennis Centre tennis racquet that adorned the centre before it closed.
Restoration work has commenced on the racquet, which has been kindly donated by Stefan Ackerie. The racquet will be repainted before it is installed at Frew Park.
For more information about the Frew Park development, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 07 3403 8888.