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Platform Tennis at the Neighborhood Club Park. Agenda. Initial Support History Evolution Today Other Platform Tennis Communities Why Paddle? Rationale Demographic Fit Why Public Courts? Public Paddle Case Study Neighborhood Club Proposal Next Steps. Initial Support. Scott McDuffie

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agenda
Agenda
  • Initial Support
  • History
    • Evolution
    • Today
  • Other Platform Tennis Communities
  • Why Paddle?
    • Rationale
    • Demographic Fit
  • Why Public Courts?
    • Public Paddle Case Study
  • Neighborhood Club Proposal
  • Next Steps
initial support
Initial Support
  • Scott McDuffie
  • Max McKee
  • Tom McShane
  • Patrick Mercier
  • Greg and Deborah Nelson
  • Andrew and Paula Ottaway
  • J.P. and Liz Ottaway
  • Michael and Tamra Ottaway
  • Ben and Jennifer Paddock
  • Tony and Darby Paddock
  • Mike and Madeleine Willard Paolucci
  • Jay and Laura Poplawski
  • Roger Powers
  • Peter and Beth Rentschler
  • Fred and Lil Rinke
  • Chris Rockwell
  • Pat and Christy Scoggin
  • Murray and Jeni Sales
  • Gerry and Kim Sherer
  • Andrew and Carrington Smith
  • Michael and Julie Cobane Smith
  • Henry and Sue Sprague
  • Michael and Anne Stafford
  • Liz Sutherlad
  • John Strabel
  • Allen and Kierstan Taber
  • Dave and Christy Warren
  • Geoff and Eva Lucido Welsher
  • Freeman Wood
  • Kirk and Amy Zambetti
  • Jim Arpin
  • Jim and Mary Anne Becker
  • John and Holly Birgbauer
  • Jaques and Annie Boudeloque
  • John Brusstar
  • Tom and Lindsay Buhl
  • Rich Carron
  • Paula Cornwell
  • Scott Crane
  • Matt Cullen
  • Pete and Jane Dow
  • Peter K. Dow
  • Greg Detloff
  • Brian Effinger
  • Mark and Marion Fikany
  • David and Holly Fitzsimons
  • Tom Fitzsimons
  • Michael and Karen French
  • Bob and Lucy Gorski
  • Ed and Patsy Gotfredson
  • Jeff and Sara Hodges
  • Pat and Kate Hopper
  • Tread Huntington
  • Bill and Lila Hyde
  • Peter and Susie Mascarin Keane
  • Dick Keller
  • Matt Kornmeier
  • Steve Kornmeier
  • Courtenay Kotas
  • Tom Mackey
history
History
  • Seed planted in 1890s by Rev. Frank Beal in Albion, MI
  • Miniature tennis court
  • Paddle
  • Tennis ball with holes
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History
  • Platform Tennis (a.k.a. Paddle Tennis) began in 1928
  • Started by two tennis players looking to stay active and keep their skills honed during the winter months
  • Built 30’ X 60’ outdoor court surrounded by 12’ high screens
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History
  • Screens were originally used to keep balls in the court
  • More fun to play balls off screens, like in squash and racquetball
  • Led to longer points and a more complex and fun game
evolution
Evolution
  • Courts and equipment evolved
  • The racquet and ball have changed
  • Today courts are aluminum with gas heaters and lights
today
Today
  • Enjoyed across U.S., Canada and some countries abroad
  • Tens of thousands of people of all ages and skill levels
  • Male and female
other platform tennis communities
Other Platform Tennis Communities
  • Nantucket, MA
  • New Jersey
  • Ocean City, MD
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Rochester, NY
  • Ross, CA
  • Springfield, IL
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Washington, DC
  • Waterford, MI
  • Westchester, NY
  • Winston-Salem, NC
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlottesville, VA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Fairfield County, CT
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grosse Pointe, MI
  • Long Island, NY
  • Milwaukee, WI
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Other Platform Tennis Communities*
  • Chicago has 3,000 active league players in 2,325 households
  • Pittsburgh: 1,050
  • Philadelphia: 1,000
  • 20,000-25,000 over 39 states (and Canada)
  • 100,000-150,000 casual or social paddlers

*Platform Tennis Magazine, February 2004

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Why Paddle ?

Fox Meadow Country Club, Scarsdale, New York

rationale
Rationale
  • Unlike golf or tennis, learning to play is relatively easy
  • Strategy is more important than raw power
  • Combines pace of tennis with strategy and patience of chess
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Rationale
  • Paddle complements tennis
  • Long season (typically September – April)
  • Play in nearly any weather conditions
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Rationale
  • Increases use of underutilized parks during winter
  • It can be played by and between both sexes and all age groups
  • Night play suits working adults
demographic fit
Demographic Fit
  • More than 70% of current players are over 40 (20% over 60)
  • 85% college graduates
  • 85% play tennis
  • 80% earn over $70,000 annually and 38% over $150,000
  • All enjoy other activities (golf, walking, squash, swimming)
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Why Public Paddle?

Public Courts in Boulder, Colorado

why public paddle
Why Public Paddle?
  • Need winter activities for everyone for a more vibrant, active community during the colder months
  • Grosse Pointe is a tennis community
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Why Public Paddle?
  • The most successful paddle communities have public facilities
  • They serve as a bridge between those playing at private facilities and those who are not (benefiting both)
  • Because 12 of the 14 Grosse Pointe courts are private
public paddle case study
Public Paddle Case Study
  • The Winnetka Platform Tennis Club (WPTC), part of the Winnetka Park District outside of Chicago
  • Started over 30 years ago
  • Currently about 150 men and 80 woman play in leagues
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Public Paddle Case Study
  • Over $80,000 in league dues are generated each year
  • Dues and court fees have generated a surplus of $200,000
  • Plans are underway to expand from 4 to 6 courts and construction is planned this Summer (2004) for a $300,000 paddle hut
the grosse pointe neighborhood club proposal
The Grosse Pointe Neighborhood Club Proposal
  • Buildtwo courtsat Elworthy Field Park
  • Includewarming hutfor platform tennis viewing and gathering
  • Ensure hut is multi-purpose;that italsosupports tennis, playground, skating and other uses year-round
next steps
Next Steps
  • Pending approval of use of space, site layout…
  • Get three firm quotes
  • Develop revenue projections
  • Develop management plan, including teaching pro(s)
  • Seek funding/financing, as necessary