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LETTER:Not Happy About RYTAC Closure

LOCAL2 Staff for local2 sault ste. marie
April 3rd, 2012 at 10:20am

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As members of the Sault Ste. Marie community who play tennis throughout the year, it has been brought to our attention that the RYTAC facilities, including the 6 tennis courts, will no longer be operated by the YMCA, in partnership with the Downtown Rotary Club, effective this summer.

As committed tennis players we have been using the RYTAC courts for many seasons. Almost all of us have tennis memberships at the George Leach Centre for year-round indoor tennis but we also very much enjoy playing outdoors during the summer months. The George Leach has been generous in allowing us to put our memberships on hold for the summer in order to play at RYTAC. We have been successful in organizing evening tennis at RYTAC for groups of players throughout each summer. On numerous nights this past summer, we have filled all six courts at RYTAC (currently 4 of 6 RYTAC courts are in good enough condition to be used for enjoyable tennis, while the other 2 are a bit rough but still playable). We also have a number of players representing SSM in the USTA (United States Tennis Association) leagues in Michigan and, without these local courts on which to practice, we would not be in a position to continue competing.

We understand that, while the YMCA has operated the facilities over a number of years, the Rotary Club owns the RYTAC property. We are also aware that there have been discussions with potential third party operators of the RYTAC courts. This is a solution we would certainly support, especially given that the 2 outdoor courts at the George Leach Centre are not playable this summer due to construction projects. We would also be happy to meet with the YMCA and Rotary Boards to discuss any alternative options that would be available to allow us to maintain and operate the courts for the summer at no cost to the YMCA.

Lastly, we understand that the City has also been consulted about this matter. We also applaud the City’s involvement in this discussion, as their tennis courts, located in several parks across the community, are not playable for the level of competitive tennis that we enjoy.

We therefore are submitting this letter to all relevant parties, appealing to you to please help us in saving summer tennis at RYTAC.

Thank you for your consideration.

Deon Slabbert
Doloras Biron
Karen Bernhardt
On behalf of a large number of Sault Ste. Marie/RYTAC tennis players


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