Tennis club lands grant

Year-round tennis play in Red Deer has won another match thanks to a boost from the federal government.

Year-round tennis play in Red Deer has won another match thanks to a boost from the federal government.

The Red Deer Tennis Club will receive $166,217 to help pay for the new inflatable dome at the downtown tennis courts.

The total project costs $598,650.

City council unanimously endorsed an agreement earlier this month allowing the club to operate its indoor tennis bubble on city land.

As part of the deal, the club must remove it by Aug. 11, 2013.

The air-supported structure was installed recently over the south four tennis courts at 4402 47th Ave.

The domed structure runs 36 metres wide by 60 metres long and nearly 11 metres high.

The club’s programs start on Oct. 1 when its outdoor season ends.

Summer programs attracted more than 200 members.

The funding through the federal government’s Canada Economic Action Plan is one of three grants awarded Central Alberta communities, it was announced on Monday.

l The Town of Three Hills was given two grants including $169,757 for the Three Hills Aquatics Centre and $56,682 for the Three Hills Recreational Trail System. The aquatics grant will enhance its building with an outdoor splash park and indoor climbing wall.

l The Town of Olds received a $328,500 grant for its Sportsplex upgrades, including installation of energy-efficient windows, dressing room improvements and arena board replacement. The total project cost is almost $1 million.

Lynne Yelich, minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, said the grants strengthen recreational infrastructure and stimulate economic activity.