Anyone who has ever picked up a tennis racquet in Texas knows a match can get pretty heated fast regardless of how close the score in the actual competition is.
With that in mind, the Parker County Tennis Association (PCTA) presented the Weatherford School District and the city with a cool holiday gift for its tennis program.
Don Quy, treasurer of the association, said the PCTA placed three new cabanas at the Ninth-Grade Center campus, two at Hall Junior High (the Solider Springs Tennis Courts), and two at Weatherford High School with two more to be completed during the holidays.
"This will provide the players with some protection from the sun, as well as seating during matches," Quy said. "The cabanas are not unique, but are a great asset to any facility."
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WISD Athletic Director Richard Scoggin called the project "huge."
"First, it's a place to sit and get shade on a hot sunny afternoon," Scoggin said. "And, it's a place for them to gather themselves before the next match.
"This allows us to update our courts at no cost to us. It's a tremendous asset to our program."
Weatherford High tennis coach Chelsea Gallegos said she and her team can't thank Quy and the PCTA enough.
"The financial support and encouragement of the Parker County community means a lot to myself and the tennis program," she said. "The new renovations to our tennis facilities this year will be the envy of other districts and will be sure to attract attention to not only WISD, but to the sport of tennis.
"Myself, Don Quy and several members of our community believe tennis is very important to all our players and the community. We believe each effort to improve our facilities will build an even stonger tennis program."
The cabanas will benefit players from both the WISD schools and the general public, Scoggin said. The public is allowed to use the courts at the schools, and the Soldier Springs Courts are owned by the city.
"We don't lock those courts up," Scoggin said. "We've had no problems with vandalism and as long as that continues they'll be open."
Quy said the retail value of the cabanas, including the installation is $2,500 each. Two WHS graduates, Lonnie Watson (1977) and Randy Bideler (1989), of Parker County Fence, were instrumental constructing and installing the cabanas.
Funding for came from grants through the United States Tennis Association, the Greater Fort Worth Tennis Coalition, and The PCTA.
Scoggin said the Cabanas are also aesthetically pleasing.
"They're high quality, professionally done," he said. "They worked with out facility and maintenance department, which is important to us. This is something that's going to be around for a long time.
"And it gives the players something to be proud of."
Quy said plans are to add two Cabanas to the three courts at Tison Middle School at a future date. That site is not as busy as the other two.
Quy said the the PCTA is also planning on resurfacing the Soldier Springs Tennis Courts in 2018. He's hoping the city will partner on the project, and Shannon Goodman, Weatherford director of parks, recreation and special events, said that is a goal of his as well, once the Marshall Park project is complete. He said the estimated cost of the project is around $15,000, of which the city would pay half.
"Typically, we budget in May, but Marshall Park is taking up a lot of my funding," Goodman said. "I'd like to have that to help them before then, but if not I'll put it on October budget."
Quy said the PCTA hopes to raise the funds in the meantime so the courts can be surfaced before the camps this summer.
Goodman added he also loves the new cabanas.
"The cabanas are a great idea," he said. "It's a good amenity for those courts. My son was actually a tennis player (at WHS) a few years ago. It does get hot."