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Tennis Courts and Walking Trail Latest Improvements to Lakewood Park

City of Huntsville February 10, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - The City of Huntsville showcased its latest round of improvements to Lakewood Park today in Northwest Huntsville with the addition of two new tennis courts and a walking trail. The popular park, at the intersection of York Road and Kenwood Drive, serves both neighborhood residents and students at Lakewood Elementary School.

"This is another step in our effort to create beautiful and accessible parks for our citizens," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "We have been resourceful with our funding, and this park shows what is possible with community partnerships and creative thinking."

Manager of Recreation Services Steve Ivey said there are few public tennis courts in North Huntsville and he is pleased to see this addition to the area. "We are tickled to have these hard courts available, and the third mile walking trail fits well with our Healthy Huntsville initiative by offering residents another opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy some exercise," said Ivey.

Lakewood Park is owned and maintained by the City of Huntsville Parks & Recreation Department and its facilities are shared with Lakewood Elementary School. The City has invested about $275,000 into the park in the past two years. This includes city funding, private donations, and volunteer construction hours in providing the new tennis courts and walking trail along with a KaBOOM playground, split railing fencing, new scoreboard and pavilions with picnic tables. Lakewood Park also has soccer, baseball and softball fields and two gymnasiums that are used for physical education classes by the students at Lakewood Elementary. The City's Parks & Recreation department uses the facilities on weekends.

"This is a great partnership between the City and our school system, and our many community groups who have worked to improve this park," said Parks & Recreation Director Greg Patterson. "Our next goal is to replace the roof at the gym, and we expect that to happen this spring."

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For more information, contact:

Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 (w), kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov



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