Pizzey Park Tennis Centre serves upgrade

25 January 2017

The Gold Coast now boasts the largest tennis facility in Queensland thanks to a $1.89 million expansion of the Pizzey Park Tennis Centre.

Mayor Tom Tate said the centre was an example of the City’s ambition to grow sports participation at all levels, as part of its Sport Plan.  

“This venue, which caters to more than 1000 players each week, has already attracted major events including the Pan Pacific Masters Games, World Transplant Games and Australian University Games,” he said.  

“We also recognise the importance of quality sports facilities as an economic driver. This venue is another string in our economy’s racquet, supporting the Gold Coast as Australia’s sporting capital.”

Treasurer and Minister for Sport Curtis Pitt said the State Government was proud to support grassroots sports, especially where clubs helped seniors remain fit, active and social.

“The expansion of Miami Tennis Club has been an incredibly worthwhile project,” Mr Pitt said.

“Our $586,000 contribution to constructing synthetic grass courts and hot shots courts with lighting as well as pathways, player shelters and a pavilion for supporters is a major undertaking that will position this impressive local club for future membership growth and competitions.”

An unused vacant area of land adjoining Miami State School has also been restored, adding an additional 6800 square metres of new turf play areas.                                                

More than 600 plants and 14 large trees for screening have been planted.

Miami State School Principal Kate Bentley said the new area was a welcome addition.

The upgrade was a five-way partnership, with the Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Club and Miami Tennis Club and contributing over $550,000; City of Gold Coast $700,000; State Government $586,000 and Tennis Australia $50,000.

Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Club president, Mike Evans, said everyone was welcome.  

“Pick up a racquet or come down and borrow one of ours and have a hit,” said Mr Evans. “It’s lots of fun and you can meet new friends."

Pizzey Park Tennis Centre serves upgrade photo