TUCKER, Ga. (March 11, 2019) – Tennis enthusiasts will soon have more time to hit the courts thanks to a vote Monday night by Tucker’s Mayor and City Council. The body voted unanimously to allocate $97,000 for the installation of lights on the tennis courts at Henderson Park by the firm West Georgia Lighting.
“Our tennis courts get as much use as just about any amenity in our parks system and one of the constant things we’ve heard since assuming responsibility for the parks is that folks want to be able to play tennis after dusk,” said Tucker Parks and Recreation Director Rip Robertson. “These lights will help us schedule league and tournament play, as well as providing more flexibility to our local schools as part of our reciprocal use agreement with the DeKalb Board of Education.”
The new lights are expected to be installed and operational in time for the summer tennis season. This is the latest improvement to the tennis facility at Henderson Park, following the complete resurfacing of the courts in 2017.
The lights will be funded through the City of Tucker’s special-purpose local-option sales tax (SPLOST) allocation. Under the terms of the SPLOST, approved by DeKalb County voters by an overwhelming margin in November 2017, up to 15 percent of revenue from the extra penny tax can go toward improvements in Parks and Recreation.