There is an exciting new beginning for a historic tennis site writes Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
Over the weekend council officially opened Frew Park in Milton, Brisbane’s newest tennis facilities, incorporating a unique new playground and six-court tennis
Many people may remember the old Milton Tennis Centre with its larger-than-life tennis racquet which was an iconic part of Milton and Queensland Tennis until it closed in 1996.
Now there is an exciting new beginning for this historic tennis site, with a new tennis centre opening that will pay homage to Milton’s rich tennis heritage.
Council has transformed the area into a 3.5 hectare parkland which is home to the Roy Emerson Tennis Centre, a new state-of-the-art playground to cater for older children, shaded picnic areas, a large grassed open space for daytime sport and recreation, exercise equipment and a car park with 50 car spaces.
The facility has been named Frew Park in honour of Robert Frew, who was the president of the Queensland Lawn Tennis Association from 1910 to 1930, and the driving force behind the creation of the tennis centre. Mr Frew made a significant contribution to the Milton community and to the city of Brisbane. The Tennis Centre is open to the public seven days a week and provides a wide variety of tennis-related programs and services including coaching programs, interclub fixtures, holiday clinics, social tennis, Cardio Tennis and Hot Shots, plus a fully-stocked pro-shop with a racquet restringing service.
The Centre has been named after one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Roy Emerson, who achieved a record 28 Grand Slam titles during his career.
The Arena playground is designed specifically to suit children 10 to 15 years of age and complements nearby parks in Milton and Gregory Terrace designed for younger children. The playground features a large climbing wall, a seven metre high curly slide, climbing nets and cages that lead to an eight metre high ‘commentary box’ and seating ledges to allow kids to hang out with their friends.
The large open space was named the Wendy Turnbull Green after one of Brisbane’s great sporting heroines and Queensland Sporting Hall of Fame inductee. Wendy was born and raised in Brisbane and was affectionately known as ‘Rabbit’ because of her court speed.
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