The Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis has received a $15,000 Community Building Grant (generously funded by The Home Depot Foundation) from the local nonprofit Park Pride! The grant supports the construction of two shaded courtside decks between courts 3 & 4 and courts 9 & 10. The decks were completed in February of this year, and have become a welcome respite from heat and sun for Bitsy players.
Park Pride is the only Atlanta-based nonprofit that engages communities to activate the power of parks. It works with nearly 100 local Friends of the Park groups in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County, including the Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis (FBGT), and provides leadership and services to help communities realize their dreams for neighborhood parks that support healthy people, strong neighborhoods, vibrant business districts, a robust economy and a healthy environment.
FBGT Board President Dart Meadows expressed thanks for the grant, and for the organization that gave it. “Park Pride has been a tremendous supporter of Bitsy Grant Tennis Center for many years. They contributed to the 2011 renovation of the clubhouse, and always take a leading role in funding new Atlanta park and greenspace initiatives. They believe, as we do, that thriving parks lead to thriving neighborhoods and people.”
He added that the “Community Building” grant had already helped to build community at Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. “We began the campaign to bring shade to Bitsy because we want to encourage people to come out to our courts, and spend time here, and the combination of heat and sun used to drive many people away. The new shaded decks have already encouraged more courtside camaraderie, and increased the sense of community that makes Bitsy Grant such a special place to play. We thank Park Pride for supporting this project.”
Learn more about Park Pride at www.parkpride.org.