Brisbane’s newest Tennis Centre, Frew Park, will tomorrow open its gates for the first time, welcoming the public to its six-court tennis centre and adjoining playground.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said completion of the $12.6 million project marked a new beginning for the site which had a rich tennis history.
“Although the site had its beginnings as a forested waterway, in its past life it has also been home to the former Milton Tennis Centre and Milton Bowl site,” Cr Quirk said.
“The site will once again be a home for tennis and will serve as a permanent reminder of some of our greatest tennis legends.
“We have named this new parkland “Frew Park” in honour of Mr Robert Dickson Alison Frew, who was the president of the Queensland Lawn Tennis Association from 1910 to 1930, and the driving force behind the creation of the tennis centre.
“Mr Frew made a significant contribution to the Milton community and to the city of Brisbane which will now be remembered for years to come.”
Cr Quirk said Australian Open legend Roy Emerson would also be recognised at Frew Park, with the new Tennis Centre named after him.
“The Roy Emerson Tennis Centre will be open to the public seven days a week and provide a wide variety of tennis related programs and services including coaching programs, interclub fixtures, holiday clinics, social tennis, Cardio Tennis and Hot Shots, plus a fully stocked pro-shop with a racquet restringing service,” he said.
“Grand slam winning doubles and mixed doubles player Wendy Turnbull has also been acknowledged with the naming of the open space area at Frew Park.
“Wendy was born and raised in Brisbane and was affectionately known as ‘Rabbit’ because of her court speed.”
“The large tennis racquet which previously adorned the old Milton Tennis Centre, donated by well-known Brisbane identity Steve “Stefan” Ackerie, has also a returned to be a feature at Frew Park,” Cr Quirk said.
Council has transformed the site into a 3.5 hectare parkland with six new tennis courts and a tennis centre, a new state of the art playground to cater for older children, shaded picnic areas, a large grassed open space for daytime sport and recreation, exercise equipment and a car park with 50 car spaces.
The Arena playground features a large climbing wall, a 7 metre high curly slide, climbing nets and cages that lead to an 8 metre high ‘commentary box’, and seating ledges to allow kids to hang out with their friends.
Cr Quirk said Frew Park would host its first event tomorrow night, with residents of the Toowong Ward invited to attend a Christmas Extravaganza event.
“Cr Matic has invited the local community to come together for a Christmas celebration tonight with free tennis lessons, a sausage sizzle, live music, a petting zoo, face painting, bouncy castles and a screening of a family movie,” he said.
“I would like to thank the local community for their patience throughout the construction of Frew Park, and invite Brisbane residents to come and enjoy the new facility.”
For more information on the Frew Park development, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.