JCPRD offering youth tennis lessons on Roeland Park’s new courts at R Park

Noah Bortnick will be leading the new youth tennis programs at R Park in Roeland Park. Photo credit city of Roeland Park.

Roeland Park’s newly-replaced tennis courts are open for the summer, with youth summer classes to boot.

The new courts are located at R Park on the site of the former Roeland Park Elementary School at 5535 Juniper Drive. The city hosted a ribbon cutting July 2 at the new tennis courts.

Johnson County Park & Recreation District is also a partner on the project, providing tennis programs at the new facility. JCPRD will offer three youth tennis classes, all beginning July 10.

Tennis class are for ages 5 through 8; ages 9 and 10; and ages 9 to 12. All classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday and involve eight one-hour sessions at a cost of $75 for Johnson County residents or $83 for nonresidents. Students are encouraged to bring their own racquet.

The new youth tennis programs on the site will be led by Noah Bortnick, a recent KU grad who was part of two state-winning tennis teams while a student at Pembroke Hill. Bortnick trained at Kansas City United Tennis, and was ranked in the USTA’s Missouri Valley Section.

Replacement of the tennis courts at the Roeland Park Elementary School began in early April. Several grants contributed to this project, including $20,000 from the National USTA and $12,000 from the Missouri Valley Region USTA for reconstruction and another $500 for equipment.

Roeland Park Public Works provided demolition services for $10,000, and the balance of the project was financed with city capital improvement funds.

For more information or to register by phone, call 913-831-3359. To register online, visit jcprd.com and click on “Register for Activities.”