. . & EVENTS
image previous


What's with the name change!
Above photo, from left to right, Councillor Mike Little, Mayor Richard Walton and Councillor Robin Hicks, cutting the ribbon In celebration of the renovation of the Grant Connell Tennis Centre, held Sunday, April 6, 2014.  The $4.6 million expansion to the centre includes three new courts, a mini tennis court, a two-level viewing area, an expanded lobby and a meeting room.

District Mayor Richard Walton announced that they are changing the name of the public facility to the North Vancouver Tennis Centre.

So, what's with the name change?   Grant Connell requested the name change to actively manage his brand and visibility as a full-time realtor on the North Shore. In respect for the valuable contribution Grant's profile has leant the facility as it has grown in popularity, the District moved quickly in response to his request. The opening of the expansion provided an opportunity to further promote this centre as a public facility, open to users of all ages and abilities.

Photo 1: From the left, Tennis Director, Wayne Elderton, Chair, North Vancouver Recreation Commission, Doug Green and Mayor, District of North Vancouver, Richard Walton.

Photo 2: Gerry Halpern of North Vancouver Tennis Society, left, and Tom Walker, Tennis Centre Coordinator.

Photo 3: The three new courts.

Photo 4: Meet Nick Sully of Shape Architecture, who is responsible for the design of this beautiful indoor tennis facility. The building has floor to ceiling glazing and translucent polycarbonate panels for its natural lighting.

Photo 5: Ian Macdonald, the President of Tomko Sports Systems, the largest Tennis Court Company in Canada. Tomko has surfaced over 7000 tennis courts in the Western Canadian market, including the Premier Court surface at the Thunderbird Sports Centre on the campus of the University of British Columbia for the Davis Cup Ties.

Photo 6: The two-level viewing area.

Photo 7: Cathy Matheson, Manager, Marketing & Administration, North Vancouver Recreation Commission.