Court Expansion Update 5/7/2015: Phase 1 cut-off is coming soon!!! This is a good time to remind all of you to consider donating to the HTC Court Expansion Project. We all know we are 100% utilized in the evenings, but with USTA leagues that play during the day along with HWTA Round Robins on Tuesday and Wednesday, and the regular men's groups that have standing court times, courts are becoming hard to get during the day. With more courts, scheduled league rounds will not have to be reduced and still be able to finish leagues on time. Remember: Just like in tennis where every game counts, in this fund-raiser every dollar counts. All donations are tax deductible and there are donor recognitions at different levels of donation. Met with City Officials: Project manager assigned Should-Cost estimation underway – estimated time to complete = 3 weeks City has Phase 1 court expansion in their budget planning for 2016 Will meet after the cost estimate to finalize a memorandum of understanding between city and HTC board Current Donation Status =$169,900 (includes HTC matching funds) Phase 1 goal is $250,000 Video display frequently updated shows status We need more significant level donations to make the goal by June 15th Plans to implement LED lighting upgrades on one court to verify improvement Common questions asked concerning Expansion Q. Why doesn’t city fund all costs, we pay the taxes? A. There are lots of requests for city funding of recreational facilities. Their feeling is that if the affected community is not willing to support the project, it must not be that important. The expansion of the ice complex is in the same situation as HTC but ahead in development. Q. How does the city support HTC? A. The city provides a HTC operations subsidy of about $200,000 per year. They pay all our utility bills (lighting costs about $44,000/year). HTC tries to break even annually. Some years it is a small loss and some a small gain. Q. Do tournaments make money? A. No, HTC tries to break even on tournaments but usually it is a $ operations loss. However, this is the only way the city gets an economic benefit. With 40 soft courts we should provide about $2M annual economic benefit for city businesses. !!!!! Save the Date ---- Monday June 1st 11am – 11pm !!!!! Mellow Mushroom on Cecil Ashburn will donate 10% of ALL receipts to HTC Court Expansion. Tennis Players and Supporters Come Out and Eat and support HTC Court Expansion!