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Highlands Ranch tennis pavilion getting extensive improvements

Northridge Recreation Center facility has 11 courts total


Tennis is a challenging sport that requires frequent practice. For locals wanting to maintain their game throughout the year, Northridge Tennis Pavilion is being upgraded.

The six indoor and five outdoor courts at 8801 S. Broadway have provided the community a chance to play tennis year-round for decades. As stated on the Highlands Ranch Community Association website, players of all ages and abilities can participate in group or private lessons and reserve a court to play at their leisure. With professional coaches and equipment available, Northridge Recreation Center is the tennis hot spot in Highlands Ranch.

The 20-year-old canopy structure is supported by metal beams and covered with a liner that encloses the roof and walls. This teepee-like material has a limited lifespan. “We were at our time when the engineers felt we needed to replace the fabric,” said Michael Shellman, the director of tennis in Highlands Ranch.

Plans call for the original liner roofing to remain intact but with a new outer and inner layer. This new vinyl exterior layer will provide a dead air space between the two outer layers. The new hard inner ceiling will support an insulation barrier. These changes are designed to improve the energy efficiency and comfort inside the recreation facility.

Shellman also commented on the court lighting conditions, “The hope is that the new reflective liner will aid the existing lighting system,” he said.

The plans include a new roof, insulation barrier, renovated monitor and tennis offices, improved heating, reflective liner and resurfaced courts. The new monitor and tennis offices will provide guests and staff a more comfortable and functional space inside the pavilion.

Construction is underway, and all improvements are scheduled to be completed before the end of 2018. Tennis programs will continue normally on both indoor and outdoor courts.


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