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Editorial: Tennis center opens

Posted: February 15, 2018 2:29 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2018 1:00 a.m.

The city of Camden’s new tennis/pickleball complex is now open and operating -- and is already booking up for events.

The city had touted the facility as a tourism oriented revenue generator and, thus far, that plan seems to be working, with at least a dozen tennis tournaments of various size and reach already booked starting in March, including at least one major statewide tournament, the Junior Team Tennis State Championships, to be played in July.

In addition, the city is implementing a membership/fee schedule, which will include individual, family and senior tennis memberships, as well as hourly court rental rates, lessons and amenities such as ball machines available for rental.

Memberships are not required and fees will not be charged for use of the pickleball courts, which are also lighted. In addition, two tennis courts adjacent to the pickleball courts will be available to the public for no charge.

We are pleased to see the center up and running. If all goes well, it will not only attract a lot of visitors to Camden and Kershaw County, it should jump-start a renaissance of an area of town that could use the makeover.

We certainly hope it will be as successful as the city believes it can be.

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