By Leilani Magee
If you play tennis- recreational users, adult and youth league, teach or take lessons - JTT, USTA, private pro, high school coach, at any public court, these public hearings will affect you.
Attendance at these public hearings by the tennis playing and teaching public is important and critical. The meetings are for all commercial activities at public parks. This is an opportunity for the tennis community of competitive and recreational players, teams, groups and organizations to show that they value and care about public tennis courts and their highest use.
The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will hold four public hearings on Oahu (see schedule of locations) to consider public testimony and comments in determining whether certain commercial activities should be allowed in City parks.
And, the Department will consider public testimony and comments in the development of rules and regulations to govern approved commercial activities.
All tennis players who play at public parks and the over 150 teaching pros and coaches who do not teach at private clubs.
Numerous critical issues are at stake, including processes and structures with regard to usage, permits, and teaching. Many voices are needed to call for a focus on community tennis issues and a better public park experience for all.
Share the notice with friends, team mates, and attend at least one if not several hearings. Take the time to review the important issues and testify.
5-7 PM this week, Monday through Thursday. See the public hearing notices below for locations and complete details:
Sept 17 Kilauea District Park (all parks from Ala Moana to Sandy Beach)
Sept 18 Waialua District Park (all parks from Makapuu to Mokuleia)
Sept 19 Kaneohe District Park (all parks from Lanikai to Kaneohe)
Sept 20 WaianaeDistrict Park (all parks from Ewa Beach to Keaau)