The USTA recently announced that the Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility in West Windsor, N.J., is one of 24 winners in the 37th annual USTA Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. The Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility will be honored at the USTA Semi-annual Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Aug. 30.
The Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility consists of six lighted indoor courts and 22 outdoor courts and is operated and maintained by the Mercer County Park Commission. The tennis facility encompasses 19 acres of Mercer County Park and is located in central New Jersey between Trenton and Princeton. The six-court indoor facility has a second-floor viewing lounge overlooking the courts. Stadium seating is available on the premier outdoor court. The facility is also home of the Mercer County Tennis Hall of Fame.
Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility hosted a total of 13 tournaments in 2017 with 1,535 individuals participating. Mercer County hosts multiple unique tournaments including the 52-year-old James Cryan Memorial tournament and the Stone Age Open, established in 1997.
“Great tennis facilities like the Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, USTA National Campus. “The Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of its community each year.”
To be considered for an award, facilities must be under the jurisdiction of a park and recreation department, an educational institution, a nonprofit corporation or be a private or commercially owned and operated facility that offers both USTA and public programming designed to help grow tennis.
Facilities were judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the facilities’ participation in USTA programs.
Nominated facilities were voted on in the following categories: Public Courts that are either small tennis centers with 2-10 courts or large tennis centers with 11 or more courts; and Private Facilities that support the USTA and other “growth of the game” programs open to the public.