Mission

To build community by making clay court tennis accessible to everyone.

Vision

Our vision is to create a nationally recognized, unique public park experience for everyone in Minneapolis.  Similar to a community garden, a community clay court brings together people of different ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to use and maintain a public clay court.  Community members will be stewards of this environmentally friendly space. This project aligns with the Minneapolis Park Board’s mission to promote health, well-being and community.  We propose to build and maintain new clay courts on the site of existing hard courts currently in disrepair.

Benefits of a Community Clay Court

  • Community: Taking responsibility for maintaining a clay court and enjoying this unique athletic experience is an excellent civic engagement project. It will serve as both an inter-generational gathering space as well as bringing together people of varied socio-economic backgrounds.

  • Accessibility: Clay courts are currently only available to people privileged enough to join exclusive and very expensive tennis clubs. This court will be the only clay court facility in the Twin Cities metropolitan area available to everyone for free.

  • Health: The clay surface is much softer than asphalt creating a tennis experience that is much easier on a person’s joints. It allows people to continue to play tennis as they age.

  • Environment: Clay courts have a permeable surface as opposed to an impermeable asphalt court. This helps reduce runoff, protecting watershed resources and mitigating the urban heat island effect.

  • Wise Use of Resources: This project would take asphalt courts that are currently in disrepair and create a world class amenity.
You can help by signing our petition and letting the Minneapolis Park Board know that you support clay court tennis at the Waveland Triangle Park!

News

Kickoff Photos

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Thanks to everyone who attended our Kickoff Event on October 12th.  We enjoyed seeing everyone there.  View the photos

Waveland Triangle Master Plan Approved by CAC

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Southwest Area Master Plan voted to approve the clay court concept at Waveland Park.

Waveland Triangle Master Plan Update - Still not Done

Thursday, July 25, 2019

A couple of us attended CAC (Community Advisory Committee)  meeting this evening.  The take home is that we are not done advocating.

1.  Click here to give online feedback
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2.  Attend the next CAC meeting.  It will be held on August 8th at Lynnhurst Recreation Center on 50th and Minnehaha Parkway .  The meeting starts at 6pm.  For directions, click here.


Southwest Journal Coverage of MPRB Approval

Monday, July 15, 2019

Read the Southwest Journal article about the MPRB approval of the MCCC donation agreement.

MPRB Approves Clay Court Project

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2109-238.


 "Approving a Donation Agreement Between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Minneapolis Community Clay Courts Related to Fundraising, Design, and Construction of Clay Tennis Courts in Waveland Triangle, a Part of the Minneapolis Park System"

Waveland Triangle Master Plan Update

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

There is now only one concept under consideration for Waveland Triangle Park, and it includes two clay tennis courts.  Come to the CAC (Community Advisory Committee) meeting on June 6th at Painter Park at 6pm to voice your interest in clay court tennis.

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Please Join Us!

If you support our effort to bring clay court tennis to the general public, please join us!

Supporters
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Looking for more ways to help?
Send us an email at info@letsplayclay.org and we'll work with you to see how you can help.