I recently attended the Steamboat Springs City Council meeting on the proposed upgrade to the city's tennis center. I am a relatively recent resident of Steamboat Springs, having purchased a home here in late 2001.
My wife and I are avid tennis players and fans, and we actively play and practice at the center. Before that, however, we both played tennis for years in Atlanta, which has one of the largest tennis associations in the country (75,000 youth, adult and senior players in leagues that operate year-round). As part of that program, we've played at many different facilities. We think that the city of Steamboat Springs has an absolutely first-class tennis operation of which its residents can be very proud. Even in the face of serious disrepair to its indoor structure, it is without a doubt physically and operationally one of the finest public tennis facilities at which I've played.
I was pleased to hear the positive comments from the council about the need to upgrade the Tennis Center so it can continue to be an asset to the community. The City Council had the vision and foresight in the early 1990s to create this outstanding venue. I just hope the current council has that same vision, so that Steamboat Springs can continue to have a Tennis Center that's one of the best and will meet the expanding needs of the community for year-round play.
In fact, I'm really surprised that the Steamboat Resort Association doesn't showcase this "jewel" of Steamboat Springs more in its promotion of the city as an outstanding all-year-round resort community.