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The Smash: Issue #6

December 14, 2016 02:06 PM



Issue #6,  December 14, 2016


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. If you would like to be removed from any future newsletter communications, simply respond so by return email.


OTSEGO COUNTY RECEIVES GRANT FROM DNR TO BUILD FOUR TENNIS COURTS AT THE SPORTSPLEX IN 2017.  Otsego County has been notified by the Department of Natural Resources that it has been awarded a $175,740 grant from the Natural Resources Trust Fund!  This award is the result of a four year effort by ARTA to bring attention to the positive aspects of expanding tennis in Northern Michigan.  The county made application (partnering with ARTA) earlier this year and discussions with the DNR continued over the months leading up to award.  Reacting to the news, ARTA President Laura Hansmann said, “The Sportsplex Tennis Complex will be a wonderful attraction for Gaylord and Otsego County, residents alike, and will allow a rebirth of this great sport.  This could not happen without support of many, including Otsego County and the Board of Commissioners, Otsego County Parks and Recreation, the City of Gaylord, and City Council, the Otsego County Convention and Tourism Bureau, NEMCOG, Great Lakes Energy, the Sportsplex, USTA, Paxton Resources, the Otsego County Community Foundation, Treetops Pepsi Challenge, Art Van, Sidock Group, Treetops Fall Charity Invitational, Northern Michigan Tennis Association, Senator Jim Stamas and Representative Triston Cole, the ARTA Board and many others. 


THANK YOU TO ALL. The next few months are going to be very exciting.


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