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Baseline Tennis group gets use of tennis courts

A late evening council meeting item regarding whether or not to allow Baseline Tennis group to reserve time at a pair of Grass Valley’s tennis courts, didn’t keep people from showing up to speak on the matter.

“As soon as this was posted, my email and phone lit up,” City of Grass Valley analyst Zac Quentmeyer said to the council.

“Some long time users expressed that there is really no need to try and fix the system it is not broken. Historically players find other players to play with just by intermingling. Another concern is that the tennis club was trying to model themselves after the success of what the pickleball club has done,” Quentmeyer said.

Greg Partridge, representing Baseline Tennis Group was on hand to speak.

“Part of the tipping point, when you get to 20 to 25 people that are looking for people to play with. So rather than just sitting at the court or hitting the ball against the wall, they are welcomed in. No matter what level, they are welcomed, they are coached,” Partridge said.

“Part of the challenge is that when we get to this level of open play so that everyone can particpate, is finding courts.

“We’re asking for 2% of the available time, just to start.

“There has been a lot of misinformation distributed by the folks who signed the petition. We would like this to be a public club that welcomes folks who can’t afford places like that,” Partridge said in reference to local private clubs.

“We are diverse we are old we are young we are working we are retired, we represent a cross section of the community and thats why we are here.”

Many at the meeting spoke out in opposition to the tennis group.

“The way they play tennis does exclude the majority of the tennis community, because we don’t want to play tennis like that. Their style of drop in tennis does not work for people of different levels,” Brenda Azevedo said.

“If they want to play like that fine, but they have to wait for a court like the rest of us.”

“The group needs to show that the group is growing the sport in a similar way that other groups are,” Grass Valley Mayor Ben Aguilar said during the council discussion.

Ultimately the decision was passed on a 3-1-1 vote, to allow Baseline Tennis to reserve two tennis courts at Devere Mautino Park off of Alta Street during non-peak hours for a one year trial run.

Mayor Aguilar, Council member Bob Branstrom and Council member Hillary Hodge voted yes, while Council member Ivy abstained from the vote and Council member Jan Arbuckle voted no.

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