$1M facelift planned for Kennworth Tennis
by Nikki Wiley
September 02, 2013 12:15 AM | 2893 views | 3 3 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham stands outside the Kennworth Tennis Center in Acworth. The old center, built in 1970, is slated to be razed and replaced by a new building. Construction is slated to start in about a month.
Cobb County Commissioner Helen Goreham stands outside the Kennworth Tennis Center in Acworth. The old center, built in 1970, is slated to be razed and replaced by a new building. Construction is slated to start in about a month.
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Tennis lovers will have a new place to call home when a million-dollar county project replaces two 1970s-era buildings in Acworth.

The Kennworth Tennis Center, at 3900 South Main St. in Acworth, near Old Highway 41, will see its two tennis buildings razed and replaced.

Each will cost $515,000, and Douglasville-based Prime Contracting, the company chosen by Cobb County, should start construction in about a month.

The new buildings will be bigger, have larger restrooms, covered porches with views of the courts, more storage and larger shop areas. They will also provide better accessibility for handicapped residents.

“They’ve outlived their reasonable service lives,” said Helen Goreham, who represents northwest Cobb on the Board of Commissioners.

She says it’s more cost efficient to replace the buildings than upgrade them.

Bethany Huckaby makes the trek from her home in Dallas each weekend to play at the Acworth tennis court.

Playing a doubles match with friends Sunday, she said the rebuild is long overdue.

“That needed to be upgraded for the longest time,” Huckaby said. “It’s just too small.”

She’s excited to see the upgrade, but doesn’t want the county to stop there. She’d also like to see more courts.

“More courts equals more tennis,” Huckaby said.

The project was included in the 2011 special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters.

“I think that what this SPLOST provides in the area of parks and recreation is the ability to provide the best recreational service for the best value for our taxpayer,” Goreham said.

It’s a popular court, said Eddie Cannon, director of the county’s parks and recreation department. About 58,135 tennis players visited the eight lighted tennis courts in 2012.

Other recreation projects set to begin are also SPLOST funded. Tennis courts at Terrell Mill Park in east Cobb, Fair Oaks Park in Marietta and Sweetwater Park in Austell will also be upgraded.

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Lance Lamberton
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September 02, 2013
In what way is it appropriate for Cobb County to tax its citizens over $1 million to build a recreational tennis facility, and then have people from outside the County use it, compliments of the forced largess of Cobb taxpayers?

What this amounts to is a forced transfer of wealth from the many who do not play tennis, to the few that do. It goes way beyond the proper purview of government, and explains why taxes and government spending is out of control on all levels.

Cobb County needs to get out of the business of providing services that can be better provided by the private sector, and establish user fees that directly correlate between cost and use. This will not only improve efficiency, but will also provide tax relief, giving citizens more discretion and control over their own resources. How can that be bad?
lanceisnofun
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September 04, 2013
Good grief, Lance, do you live every day in the NO FUN ZONE?! Similar facilities are all over the metro area and Kennworth is long overdue for a makeover. It will serve so many Cobb County citizens from toddlers to the elderly. Tennis is a lifelong sport and encourages exercise and the great outdoors. Just because you sit inside being miserable doesn't mean others want to do that, too. When will you ever support something good and positive?
anonymous
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September 04, 2013
Lance, Lance, Lance. The courts are used by people in higher tax brackets with much idle time that cannot afford Atlanta Country Club, yet they get all the feelings of prestige with taxpayers paying for it. Call it "The Housewives of Taxpayer Paid Tennis Wives or Retired Husbands Living on Less Than Country Club Incomes" or whatever. Hey, let the little old ladies knock out some tennis balls, while Cobb takes in hubbies tax money. A million to Cobb is a huge bargain for these type of taxpayers. Salute them.
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