New facility provides new space
The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department officially opened a project many years in the making: The Jerry Cline Tennis and Community Recreation Facility.
The new 7,254 square foot building provides Albuquerque tennis players a place to prepare before hitting the hard courts: complete 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, State of New Mexico, Jerry Cline Neighborhood Association and residents, and the state tennis community. “A lot of folks have been hard at work on this for some time, and it’s great to see the final product,” Mayor Berry said. “This shows - with the cooperation from our local and state representatives, and, regular folks in neighborhoods - we can use taxpayer dollars in a smart way for the community.”
The new building is a compliment an already thriving tennis complex, and adds 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 Parks and Recreation Director Barbara Baca. “We think users of this facility will appreciate a little more space and comfort.”
Construction on the project took approximately one year; the City Sports office is also housed in the new building. Grand Opening ceremonies took place Saturday, March 23, 2013.