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Posted on: July 26, 2019

Renovations complete at Cooper Tennis Complex Courts 1-6

Cooper New Court

Springfield, Mo. — With major renovations complete, Cooper Tennis Complex’s Courts 1-6 are now open.

The building’s north indoor Courts 1-6 were closed in June to undergo renovations, the first major upgrade since the facility opened in 1994. New improvements include:

  • Installation of updated LED fixtures
  • Resurfaced and color-coated tennis courts
  • Resurfaced interior vinyl wall and ceiling coverings
  • New nets
  • New vinyl court divider curtains
  • Extensive interior painting

The work occurred while many youth and adult tennis summer programs operated outdoors at Cooper and offsite at Gillenwaters Tennis Complex and Perry Tennis Courts.

With the north courts now complete, work moves to the south indoor Courts 7-12, which will be closed Mon. Aug. 5, through Sat., Aug. 10, for court resurfacing and color coating to match Courts 1-6.

The total project is budgeted at $500,000, with the work predominantly funded by the Cooper Family Foundation, along with Park Board operational funding support.

Cooper Tennis Complex opened at 2331 E. Pythian in 1994, and it had a major expansion in 2006. The facility has 12 indoor courts, 17 outdoor lighted courts, including a 2,500-seat stadium. Cooper also offers a full-service pro shop, locker rooms, fitness room and conference room. Lessons, programs and leagues are available for all ages. The facility was named USTA Outstanding Tennis Facility in 2000 and again in 2016. Cooper Tennis Complex was also named the USTA Missouri Valley Section Facility of the Year in 2006.

The late Harry and Jack Cooper were the primary donors and namesake of Cooper Park, including the Lake Country Soccer fields, Killian Sports Complex, and Cooper Tennis Complex. Harry Cooper and his nephew, John Cooper, also purchased the Springfield Lasers Pro Tennis Team for the Park Board 1996. The team, currently the World TeamTennis defending champions, is currently playing its 24thseason at Cooper Tennis Complex. John Cooper and his family still support the Lasers operation on an annual basis.

For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile).

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