Rogers Tennis Club and Reservoir Fields Ground Breaking!
On July 11, 2019, the City of Rogers, Rogers Tennis Club, ISD 728 and Rogers Youth Lacrosse marked a milestone in a unique partnership to create additional recreational amenities in the City of Rogers by breaking ground for the Rogers Tennis Club and Reservoir Fields. This project will push Rogers towards becoming a central hub for sports tourism in the Northwest. The Rogers Tennis Club will provide community members with programming for seven indoor tennis courts, and the Reservoir Fields, will add two multi-purpose athletic fields for various sports such as lacrosse, football, and soccer. These projects will not only directly benefit our citizens, but local businesses will profit as well when visitors from neighboring cities come for games and tournaments.
Rogers Tennis Club will be located at 21095 147th Avenue North, and open in the Fall of 2019. In June of 2014, the Park Board recommended amending the Master Park Plan to include a tennis center if an agreement could be reached with the group known as Ultimate Tennis. As part of the process the Park Board approved the site plan for this improvement in the park. Rogers Tennis Club purchased the land that the building sits on to build, and operate a 7 court indoor tennis facility. As part of the purchase agreement, the City of Rogers has negotiated the use of the indoor tennis facility for programming that would allow for open tennis times similar to open skating at the Rogers Activity Center or open gym, Pickleball leagues and tournaments and beginner tennis lessons to name a few.
Del Bauers, Rogers Tennis Club, “I’ve had a recurring dream over the past ten years, Randy Ronning, Curt Johnson, and Scott Larsen have had the same dream even longer than me, but it’s the same one an indoor tennis facility. With this first step today, we’re going to make this dream a reality. A Big Thanks to the City of Rogers, for what is truly a private-public partnership. John Siefert Public Works Director and Mike Bauer Recreation and Facilities Director have put many hours and five years into this project. We are also proud to say we have partnered with ISD 728 to provide great opportunities for our community. We are excited about our agreement to provide shared space, both indoor and outdoor, for programming opportunities. I also want to thank Andy MacArthur for all of his hard work, completely out of his passion for the game. Our goal is to promote core values such as sportsmanship, respect, and self-esteem, to build strong bonds with surrounding communities, and promote a life-long enjoyment of the game of Tennis.”
Reservoir Fields will be located at 21098 145th Avenue North, opening Spring of 2020. The successful completion of this project will include two multi-purpose athletic fields used for sports such as football, soccer, and lacrosse, as well as, irrigation well, and a water line to the Rogers High School Baseball Fields for mound maintenance and a 72 parking stalls to serve the complex. The Reservoir Fields project will allow the City of Rogers, school district, and local youth sports organizations to provide the growing community with additional field space and better maintain current athletic field infrastructure. The project will benefit more than nine different organizations. The Irrigation system will also utilize a rainwater harvesting system that uses runoff water from the building and drain tile to irrigate the fields.
Brett Carlson Rogers Parks and Recreation Advisory Commissioner is deeply grateful for the partnerships and extended gratitude to:
• Del and Sandi Bauers and Ultimate Tennis for their dedicated work towards the Rogers Tennis Club
• The City of Rogers
• Independent School District 728
• Hennepin County Youth Sports Grant Program
• The Rogers Youth Lacrosse Association
Brett and the partners eagerly look forward to the project completion and opening.
Rick Ihli, Mayor of Rogers, “ The Construction of Reservoir Fields and irrigation project will benefit directly and indirectly thousands of our athletic community’s children every year. The Fields will increase the overall system capacity, and the Irrigation improvements will benefit youth and high school programs alike. The essence of these projects is a model for all cities in how to leverage opportunities with public and private partnerships to improve the quality of life in the community. We are again proving that money is not wasted on your city’s parks; you’re investing in your future.”