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Editorial: Tennis Center

Posted: April 19, 2018 3:04 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2018 1:00 a.m.

It’s finally official: the city of Camden’s state of the art tennis complex is open.

The city held an official grand opening, complete with ribbon cutting, Thursday at the complex.

We have watched this project develop for some time and are pleased to see it officially up and running. We, of course, realize the courts have been open to the public for a couple of months -- anyone driving by on a nice day will likely see people out on the courts. Indeed, there is a very dedicated group of pickleball enthusiasts out there quite a bit; we can only imagine that will grow as more people discover the game.

We have heard some naysayers decry the expense. Some wonder if “the community” will use the facility at all. Others question the need for the city to get into the tennis business. While there may be elements of the “if you build it, they will come” ethos involved, the fact is, the complex was built as an economic development tool, as well as a public recreation amenity. In fact, that aspect of it is already seeing success, as a number of major events have already reserved the complex for some time into the future.

Bringing people from around the state to Camden, for almost any reason, is almost always a good idea, particularly when those people will undoubtedly wind up spending time and money here.

Finally, whatever one may think about tennis, pickleball or tourism, the fact is, the facility is quite beautiful and brings great aesthetic improvement to an area that needs it.

So, our hearty congratulations to those who made this happen. We believe it will be an important asset to Camden and Kershaw County for years to come.

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