City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Urban Tennis enter into new partnership at Eastview Recreation Center

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April 13, 2017

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Clare Cloyd
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City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Urban Tennis enter into new partnership at
Eastview Recreation Center

Agreement will benefit the community by providing continued recreational opportunities at the center 

SAINT PAUL – The City of Saint Paul today announced a new management agreement with Saint Paul Urban Tennis to bring its proven success in providing youth and adult programs to Eastview Recreation Center. Effective immediately, Saint Paul Urban Tennis will assume day-to-day management of the facility, including providing continued recreational opportunities to the surrounding community.  

“I couldn’t be happier that Saint Paul Urban Tennis has chosen Eastview Recreation Center as headquarters for its phenomenal youth programming, which combines tennis, educational enrichment and leadership training for 5 to 18-year-olds,” said Councilmember Jane Prince, who represents the area. “Reopening Eastview will return a vital community resource to East Side kids and families.”

As part of its five-year agreement with the City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Urban Tennis will ensure that $5,000 for routine repairs and maintenance to the recreation center building is available at the start of each year, and will be solely responsible for interior maintenance and minor repairs.  

“We are thrilled to call Eastview Recreation Center home, and to continue this strong and longstanding relationship” said Becky Cantellano, Executive Director at Saint Paul Urban Tennis. "The success of our program is due in large part to the partnerships we have established, and since 1991 the City of Saint Paul has been vital in helping us transform the lives of youth in our community through the game of tennis."  

Saint Paul Urban Tennis had been located at Griggs Recreation Center, but decided to pursue an opening at Eastview Recreation Center because it provides more amenities to incorporate into their programming and recreational goals. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation will also provide additional staff to support programming and operations at the facility. 

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the opportunity to continue this successful partnership with Saint Paul Urban Tennis, especially knowing it will provide additional programs and services to the East Side community," said Mike Hahm, Director of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. "Our park system is strongest when we are able to meet the needs of all residents and visitors of Saint Paul, and the addition of Saint Paul Urban Tennis at Eastview will help strengthen that mission."  

About Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is a nationally accredited and gold medal award-winning organization that manages 179 parks and open spaces, AZA-accredited Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, 24 city-operated recreation centers, more than 100 miles of trails, an indoor and two outdoor aquatic facilities, a public beach, a variety of premium sports facilities, municipal golf courses, and Great River Passage – which is the new identity for all proposed public development along Saint Paul’s more than 17 miles of Mississippi riverfront. For more information about Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, visit www.stpaul.gov/parks.

About Saint Paul Urban Tennis
SPUT is a nationally awarded tennis and learning program that serves school-aged children with tennis and SPUT SPIRIT instruction at over thirty sites, a literacy program aimed at combatting the summer slide, extended day learning with partner schools, and a leadership development program focusing on job readiness.  Our vision is that children and families of diverse backgrounds will unite around a shared enjoyment of accessible and high quality tennis programs, that positive activity in the parks will deter crime, and that participants will become leaders of good health and moral character as they graduate high school and realize career aspirations. For more information, please visit www.urbantennis.org.