Playing tennis in Pierre got a whole lot cooler this summer. That “cooler” status is thanks to a public private partnership between the Pierre School District, Pierre Tennis Association, Bob and Janet Judson, and the City of Pierre.
Together, the group purchased and installed two shade canopies at the City of Pierre tennis courts located in Griffin Park. Today, the Judsons delivered a $4,636 check to cover the remaining cost of the $38,636 project.
“Governors sports, but more specifically Governors Tennis, has been a central part of our family’s life for the last 40-plus years,” said Bob Judson. “We’re happy we’re able to continue supporting local sports and make watching a tennis match a little more comfortable for the fans.”
Pierre Mayor Steve Harding says that the City contributed $12,000 and is always happy to partner with passionate user groups.
“Our goal is to provide first-class amenities at all of our facilities, unfortunately our budget doesn’t always allow for that,” said Mayor Harding. “Having great partners who can contribute resources helps us all accomplish more.”
The Pierre High School Athletic Department matched the City’s contribution with $12,000 of its own.
“We are very grateful for all the business partners we have that support the Pierre Athletic Sports Marketing Program,” said Brain Moser, Riggs High School Athletic Director. “Then to be able to partner with the Tennis Association and the City of Pierre who both stepped up to secure funding for the remainder of the project truly shows dedication to our community and sports facilities.”
For its part, the Tennis Association successfully applied for a $10,000 grant from the South Dakota Community Foundation and found private donors in the Judson Family.
“We’re very lucky to have a strong support base,” said Eric Weiss, Pierre Tennis Association President. “I can’t say enough about the volunteer committee, sponsors, and partners who made this possible.”
The City helped with installation of the canopies and will handle the ongoing maintenance of the structures. The Griffin Park tennis courts are home to the Pierre Governor and Lady Governor Tennis Teams.