Two brand new top quality floodlit tennis courts are opening in Larkhall Park in Stockwell this month.
Lambeth Council has worked closely with park user group Friends of Larkhall Park to plan the new courts, which will be open until 7pm in the evening and have been designed to meet Lawn Tennis Association Standards.
Under 16s are able to use the courts for free two days a week and the council will also be running free coaching sessions for people of all ages to help people get into tennis.
Discounted rates for using the courts will apply to people with disabilities and those over 60.
The courts will get their official opening on Saturday 22nd September at 1:30pm. Members of the public can turn up for free tennis coaching sessions on the day and the courts will be open until about 9pm.
The courts cost around £250,000, but come at no cost to taxpayers as they have been paid for using funding raised by local planning agreements, and external grants.
Cllr Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the Olympics on Lambeth Council said:
“We’ve all been inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and in Lambeth we have been determined to create a genuine legacy from 2012 by making sure our residents have access to top sports quality sports facilities.
“With the new Clapham Leisure Centre having opened earlier in the summer and work on the new leisure centre in Streatham on schedule, it’s adding up to a tremendous year for sport in Lambeth.
“I can’t wait to see these courts in use and want to thank the Friends of Larkhall Park for their vital work in helping to make this happen.”
Carl Kowsky, Chair of the Friends of Larkhall Park, said: “I’m delighted with the high quality achieved in the delivery of the new tennis courts which provide an excellent facility for local residents to play tennis”
The Friends of Larkhall Park have played a key role working with Lambeth Council in making improvements to the park in recent years.
The park underwent a major transformation programme in 2006 to improve its physical and natural environment and raise its public profile across Lambeth.
Over £1m was secured from the European URBAN II regeneration programme, the Government’s Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Transport for London and Lambeth Council towards making Larkhall Park cleaner, greener, safer and more welcoming.
The courts were designed by Sheils Flynn and the contractor was A P Thompson Sports Engineering.