Monday, January 10, 2011

Planning Commission Meeting on January 12

Please join us in supporting the addition of two new paddle courts at KLM.

The request to add courts, which was approved by the Village Board, will be presented to the
planning commission this Wednesday night at the Village Hall. Platform tennis players need to show support through our attendance at this critical meeting. The meeting starts at 7 PM and we should be the second topic on the agenda.

Platform Tennis continues to grow extensively in the Hinsdale area – both in the Parks program as well as at Salt Creek and Hinsdale Golf Club – and it does not show signs of slowing.

# Participants on Hinsdale Teams = 456
Growth rate 21 to 24% every year

In order to support the increased demand for court time – both social and travel teams – the HPTA has requested 2 additional courts at KLM. Weekday and weekend court times often fill up limiting participation and member play time.

o During the week there are 6 women’s travel teams that drill at KLM along with 3 in-house leagues and 1 interclub league which create a significant strain on court availability.

o There is a current shortage of courts to support the men’s travel leagues resulting in more travel up north – and few open courts in the evening for practice or social play.

Recognizing the concerns of our Burr Ridge neighbors with the addition of two courts, the HPTA and the Village has worked hard to listen to their concerns and addressed them via the location of the new courts and agreement to turn off lights by 10pm on the two East courts (currently courts 3 & 4).

We hope you can join us at this Wednesday’s meeting to show support for our Platform Tennis Program expansion. Gina Hassett will be presenting the joint recommendation from the Village and HPTA so there is no need for public comment – but we do want to show our support with a strong presence at the meeting.