Broughty tennis courts upgrade could be ace

Dawson Park tennis courts
Dawson Park tennis courts

A six-figure investment in tennis court improvements at Dawson Park in Broughty Ferry is set to be served up if a plan is approved by councillors.

The environment committee’s meeting on Monday (May 20) will hear of proposals to upgrade facilities.

Fairmuir and South Road courts in Dundee have already been targeted in the early stages of an action plan, with Dawson Park to follow.

Councillors will also hear that there have been talks with Tennis Scotland, the Lawn Tennis Association and other partners to drive forward the sport locally.

The tennis courts at Dawson Park were identified as part of the early actions and as a centre for the development of tennis in the east of the city.

Ferry Ward councillor Kevin Cordell said: “There is no doubt that the success of Andy Murray has helped inspire tennis enthusiasts to get out and get playing.

“We have seen a significant investment in sporting facilities across Dundee in recent years and I am glad that tennis is also benefiting.

“I want to make sure that we can encourage tennis stars for the future.”

Proposals for Dawson Park include a new porous surface, upgrading of the infrastructure including new floodlighting to the court, lining and fence. The works will also include new socket post strainers and netting to the court.

It is intended to include a system of control and charging for the use of the floodlighting.

The project would cost a total of just over £141,000.

The committee will be told that costs can be met from external funding of up to £64,671 from sportscotland, £27,878 from the Lawn Tennis Association, with the balance being met from Dundee City Council’s capital plan.