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Biltmore Hills Park Improvements and Southeast Raleigh Tennis Center

Last updated Dec. 05, 2017 - 11:19 am
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Park
  • $2,750,000
  • South
  • Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources (Lead)
  • HagerSmith Design, PA

Current Activity

The community center upgrades are currently in the schematic design phase. 

The concept study phase for the tennis expansion project is nearing completion as the project team evaluates public feedback on the concept, priorities, and possibly phasing scenarios. Once this is complete, the project will move into the schematic design phase. Please see the schedule below for more information.

Summary

Planned improvements to Biltmore Hills Community Park include upgrades to the existing community center, as well as a tennis center expansion called the Southeast Raleigh Tennis Center. The community center upgrades include the installation of a heating and air condtioning sytem for the gym, ADA improvements, and enhancements to the front entry and reception area.

Recognizing the lack of tennis courts in Southeast Raleigh, local tennis enthusiasts began advocating for expanded tennis opportunities to promote local, state and regional play. These efforts led the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultral Resources Department to study potential opportunities that utilized City-owned property. On April 17, 2012 the Raleigh City Council approved the Southeast Raleigh Tennis Center Project. The original location for the project became unsuitable.

Biltmore Hills Community Park was selected to keep the effort advancing based on the established tennis program at the park which includes our long standing support of the Ebony Racquet Club. The core mission of the tennis center expansion is to provide the continually expanding City of Raleigh tennis community with additional space for city league play, drop-in play and instructional opportunities with the potential to be a destination location for tournament play.

A building with approximately 1,000 square feet of office space will be planned for tennis related programming and operation, as well as adding eight new tennis courts to the existing eight court complex. The Office of Raleigh Arts is coordinating the inclusion of public art into the project and allocated $40,000 as part of the One percent for Public Art Program.

Schedule

Project schedule with dates and descriptions
DateDescription
March 2017HagerSmith Design, PA under contract
Summer 2017Public Engagement
September 2017Concept Study Phase
November 16, 2017Public Review of Concept Study Phase
December 2017Complete Concept Study
December 2017 – February 2018 Schematic Design
Spring 2018 Public Meeting Schematic Design Presentation
Spring 2018 PRGAB Schematic Design Presentation
Spring 2018 City Council Schematic Design Presentation
Summer 2018 – Winter 2018 Final Design and Permitting
Winter 2018 – Winter 2019 Bidding and Construction

History

The City of Raleigh has a great reputation in the sports tourism industry for actively supporting regional tennis tournaments. However, despite the continuing popularity and growth in the sport of tennis, the City had been unable to build new tennis courts for more than 15 years. A group of local tennis enthusiasts began advocating for expanded tennis facilities in Southeast Raleigh. These efforts lead the City to study the needs of the tennis community, and which city-owned properties and funding sources that could best accommodate these needs. After nearly three months of deliberation and public hearings, City Council approved the southeast tennis center project on April 17, 2012 as part of the two-thirds bond package.

Biltmore Hills Park was eventually chosen as the preferred location for the new tennis center project. Biltmore Hills is a 38.48 acre park located at 2615 Fitzgerald Drive, Raleigh and originally developed in 1964. The 15,500 square foot Community Center houses a gymnasium, weight room, two meeting rooms, warming kitchen, restrooms, offices and storage. Other existing park amenities include a playground, 8 tennis courts, 2 full size basketball courts, a comfort station, shelter, softball field, and outdoor pool facilities.

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