New Augusta indoor tennis courts holding open house

From The Kennebec Journal:

The Kennebec Valley Tennis Association is holding an open house Saturday for its soon-to-be-opened indoor tennis center on Leighton Road.

The public is invited to stop by the 23 Leighton Road tennis and sports center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see the progress that has been made and meet the director, Hans Römer, along with the board of directors and others who have been active in the project, according to a release from the association.

The association expects to announce an official opening date soon. It plans to host a grand opening gala March 22

Augusta indoor facility could open by Feb. 1

From The Kennebec Journal:

Indoor tennis is returning to Augusta, hopefully by Feb. 1.

The Kennebec Valley Tennis Association recently signed a five-year lease and renovations are underway to reopen the former indoor facility at 23 Leighton Road.

Talk of bringing back indoor tennis began shortly after Ascona Fitness closed its doors and the courts nearly six-and-half years ago. The fundraising campaign began in earnest in July and was jump-started by building owner Jason Gall who contributed over $100,000 worth of renovations to the building.

“That was the catalyst to get us going,” KVTA president Dan Bence said.

The association is $20,000 short of its goal of $300,000, money raised from gifts and pledges from over 100 individuals and families, 13 businesses and one foundation. A $15,000 challenge grant has been created and every dollar pledged from individuals and families between now and Dec. 31 will be matched.

“If we could max that out we would be slightly over our goal,” Bence said.”It’s a wonderful opportunity for somebody who hasn’t given yet.”

The new facility will feature a new white energy miser ceiling, new lighting, curtains and nets and the four courts will be resurfaced in the spring. Locker rooms and the lobby are also being renovated.

Indoor tennis close to return

The Morning Sentinel writes:

 Indoor tennis is close to returning to Augusta. How close depends on the fundraising efforts of the Kennebec Valley Tennis Association.

The KVTA held an informational and fundraising meeting Sunday on the Leighton Road at the site of the last indoor courts which closed six years ago. The organization plans to lease the nearly 50-year-old building and refurbish the four tennis courts it houses as well as locker rooms and the lobby.

 The KVTA’s capital campaign has set a fundraising goal of $300,000 and needs to raise it by the end of the month when a decision to lease the building comes due. Renovations will take about two months and the KVTA has set an opening for January of 2014.

“It’s going to be close but I think we’re going to do it,” KVTA president Dan Bence said.

KVTA in the Kennebec Journal

The Kennebec Journal's Gary Hawkins writes:

It's been six years since Ascona Fitness closed and left the greater Augusta area without an indoor tennis facility, but it could return as soon as late fall, according to Dan Bence, president of the Kennebec Valley Tennis Association.

"I think we have a real chance of having indoor tennis back in Augusta," Bence said. "I really hope we have a fall opening somewhere."