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The Smash: Issue #14

August 18, 2017 01:06 PM




Issue #8,  August 18, 2017


THE SMASH is a periodic email newsletter of the Alpine Regional Tennis Association (ARTA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to promote tennis in Northern Michigan.  You are receiving this email because we would like to keep you up to date about exciting tennis activities underway in our Gaylord community, including efforts to construct four new courts at the Sportsplex. 

GROUNDBREAKING - The Otsego County Sportsplex and ARTA broke ground August 2 for the new Sportsplex Tennis Center; many of you were there, but if not, it was a wonderful gathering to celebrate the start of construction of our new courts.  Afterward, ARTA board member Mike Roper and many ARTA volunteers continued the volunteer site preparation, providing key "in-kind" local match funding.  Mike and his volunteers put in over 300 hours to remove the trees, bushes, fencing, portion of the trail and sidewalk, and the basketball court.    A sincere thank you to Mike and the "gang" for making this happen!


CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS - Rieth-Reilly, the general contractor, will begin construction 8/18 or 8/21 which will take 3 weeks.  Final phases, painting and lines are scheduled for mid-October as there needs to be a 30 day period for the asphalt to cure.  This is a concern as the air temperature needs to be over 50 degrees for a couple of days for the paint to adhere correctly.   If we have a cold fall we may not be painting until next May. 


SETS IN THE CITY - YOU NEED TO BE THERE - ARTA Board Member and PTR tennis pro, Dave Johnson, will be sponsoring "Sets in the City", next Sunday, August 20 from 4-6 pm at Treetops.  This adult tennis mixer is open to the public and a great event to invite friends to "get into the game".  Dave will have lots of fun games in a friendly social atmosphere.  Cost is only $10 and all proceeds will go to the Sportsplex/ARTA construction fund. Bring your own beverages, chairs and a snack to share.   Cindy Vargo has offered to bring Paddle Hard Brewing beer, so it will be great fun.  Thank you Cindy!!    Please call Dave at 586-242-9165 or by email at dajoh285@gmail.com to register.


SUMMER’S END MIXED DOUBLES TOURNAMENT - DON’T MISS IT!  Dave Johnson, is also making plans for the Summer's End Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament at Treetops.    So, find yourself a partner and get registered with Dave (or let him find you a partner).  Cost will be $10/person and again all proceeds will go to the Sportsplex Tennis Center.  The date is Sunday, September 17 tentatively scheduled to begin at 10 am depending on the number of participants.   This tournament is a really fun way to end our season, so we hope you will all try to come!


MEMBERSHIP HELPS MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN - Thank you again for all those who are members in ARTA.  Your membership has helped us to reach our lofty goal to build FOUR NEW COURTS at the Sportsplex; new and continued memberships will help us continue to grow the game!  If you have not joined or need to renew, why not do so today by going to the website at alpineregionaltennisassociation.com or gaylordtennis.com.



Hope to see you all there!