Clay court tennis positive for community

I would really like to see this development happen. The land behind the rec centre is doing nothing.

Re: Clay court tennis club proposal (News, Oct. 11)

I would really like to see this development happen. The land behind the rec centre is doing nothing.

I’ve lived on a street adjoining the golf course for 14 years and walk the chip trail regularly. The ball diamonds are almost never used. They just serve as a big sink hole to collect rainwater, hatch mosquitos and attract the odd crow or Canada goose.

I wish Saanich would build the clay courts to make them 100 per cent public, but that’s not going to happen. It takes citizens with big ideas, vision and commitment who are willing to sacrifice time and energy for the good of the whole now and in the future.

Tennis is a fast-growing sport. Kids are being introduced to it through school programs (held at the rec centres) and many really enjoy it. Serious junior players need a place to learn and practice on a clay surface if they want to compete outside Victoria.

Adult players will appreciate the more gentle aspect on their bodies as they age and it will allow them to continue playing later in life.

As more people start playing tennis, existing courts get increasingly busy. These clay courts would help alleviate some of that pressure, thus benefiting all players.

I welcome a facility of this stature to my community. I only see it as an asset and improvement over what currently exists.

It will probably contribute positively to property values and community recognition.

If you’re not a tennis player, it’s important not to look at this proposal with resentment, but to see what it can still do for you, your community and the overall good.

I hope other residents will recognize that growth is not always bad, that it can sometimes be a positive improvement. Just look at the new arts centre at the rec centre – a beautiful addition.

Linda Fraser

Saanich