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Let’s maintain our existing tennis courts

Posted: September 4, 2017 10:21 a.m.
Updated: September 5, 2017 1:00 a.m.

One of the first and best impressions Camden made upon me when I moved back here in the ’90s was the number of neighborhood parks and tennis courts that were available to its residents. Now, like your guest columnist, Phil Noble, I must make a “full disclosure”: I am a tennis player. Shortly after I came to town, I started playing the game again for the first time since high school, tentatively at first, secretly hitting the ball for hours against the concrete wall at Scott Park, finally working up my courage to play a little doubles. I had fun, made friends, and I’m still playing today.

So, I am very pleased to see the construction of the new complex on Campbell Street, a project that is sure to bring sports excitement and tourist dollars to Camden. However, I have been hearing rumors that the courts at Scott Park will be closed down after the new complex opens. In fact, the courts at Woodward Park and the Rec Center are already falling into disrepair. 

As a publisher’s sales rep, I traveled throughout the South for the past 18 years until retiring last year. I visited many towns the size of Camden, and I can tell you without a doubt there is nowhere in the South I would rather live than in Camden. Nothing made a worse impression on me as I drove through a small town than to see an abandoned tennis court with a missing net and grass growing through the cracks in the asphalt court.

Let’s keep our parks and tennis courts beautiful and usable. And let’s remember that a future Arthur Ashe, Andy Roddick or Venus Williams might just get their start hitting an old tennis ball against the wall at Scott Park.

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