Mayor Berry, Parks and Recreation, Department of Municipal Development Break ground
Tennis anyone? Mayor Richard J. Berry broke ground on Tuesday March 28, 2012 on a project many years in the making: The Jerry Cline Tennis and Community Recreation Facility.
The new 7,254 square foot building will provide Albuquerque tennis players a place to use before hitting the hard courts, with a drive up drop off circle, locker rooms and restrooms for park users.
The 3.5 million dollar facility - named in honor of Albuquerque Police Officer Jerry Cline who died in the line of duty in 1983 – is a result of a cooperative effort between The City of Albuquerque and The State of New Mexico. “A lot of folks have been hard at work on this for some time to get this project started,” Mayor Berry said. “This shows with the cooperation from our state representatives, we can use taxpayer dollars in a smart way for the community.”
The new building will compliment an already thriving tennis complex, and add a much needed space for users, administrators, and the entire neighborhood. “As Mayor Berry said, we’ve been developing this new amenity for some years now, and it’s satisfying to see all the planning coming to fruition,” added City Councilor Mike Cook. “We think users of this facility will appreciate a little more space and comfort.”
Construction on the project is scheduled to take about a year, with the grand opening slated for late winter or early spring of 2013.