Work is under way to transform a park’s tennis courts as part of plans to upgrade the city’s assets.
Sport Aberdeen, in partnership with Sport Scotland and Tennis Scotland, is refurbishing the community tennis courts in Westburn Park.
The upgrade will see a new layout for the courts to bring them into line with British Tennis competition standards, there will also be state-of-the-art floodlighting installed.
The new courts, which will be open for play next month, will be available for use by Aberdeen Tennis Academy, Sport Aberdeen Get Active members as well as public pay-and-play use.
Councillor Tom Mason, who represents the Rosemount and Midstocket ward, said: “It has been in need of work for a good while now.
“Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park have been pushing for an upgrade for a while and it’s slowly getting there. Deteriorating assets are more likely to be subject to acts of vandalism so I’m sure these upgrades will be very much appreciated.”
Sport Aberdeen director for operations and asset development Keith Gerrard said: “The finished high-specification courts will help Westburn Tennis Centre offer top-quality tennis opportunities unique in the north-east, accommodating everything from come-and-try sessions for people new to tennis right through to prestigious tournaments attracting the very best in Scotland – a centre for the whole community.
“As the only venue in the north-east with both indoor and outdoor tennis courts, it is the focal point for tennis in the region and the ideal place to play tennis at all levels.”
Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park chairman Peter Stephen was delighted to see the works under way. He said: “A total refurbishment of the area was well overdue, hopefully the work will bring it up to date. It should make a huge difference to the area and bring more young people to the park especially seeing the success people like Andy Murray have achieved.”