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.

News

$80,000 Hennepin Youth Sports Grant Awarded to the MPRB for Waveland Triangle Clay Courts

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Hennepin County Board Chair Marion Greene came through big for the clay court project this afternoon, offering an amendment to the Board Action Request to include $80,000 in funding for the clay courts!

2021 MPRB Capital Budget includes $120,000 for Clay Court at Waveland Triangle

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

On a 5-4 vote, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board passed Resolution 2020-352 adopting the 2021 Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Budget.  The Capital Improvements Plan, which is part of the annual budget, included $120,000 for the construction of clay tennis courts at Waveland Triangle Park.

Clay Courts at Waveland Approved by Minneapolis Park Board

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

In an extraordinarily good day for the Minneapolis Community Clay Courts, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board voted to approve the Master Plan for Waveland Triangle Park and recommend MCCC for a Hennepin Youth Sports Grant, which is funded by the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission.

MCCC Awarded $25,000 from USTA National

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The United States Tennis Association National Office awarded Minneapolis Community Clay Courts $25,000 to help fund the two clay courts at Waveland Triangle.  

Cocktails for Clay Event a Big Success!

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Over 85 people gathered at the home of Lynda and Chris Stout to raise over $10,000!  This allowed us to leverage a $10,000 USTA Northern matching grant.  Thanks to everyone who came to the party and gave!

MPRB Releases Final Master Plan Draft

Friday, February 14, 2020

The Southwest Parks Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) has released the final draft of the Master Plan for Waveland Triangle and are looking for feedback.  Let them know that you support building clay courts!

Waveland Triangle Neighbors Gather

Friday, February 7, 2020

MCCC was invited to present the clay court plan to a group of neighbors at Waveland Triangle in Linden Hills.  Superintendent Al Banguora and Commissioner Meg Fourney attended and spoke on behalf of the project.  Thanks to Sarah and Jeff Pitts for inviting us into their home!

Boxing Day For Clay

Thursday, December 26, 2019

MCCC hosted the First Annual Boxing Day for Clay Event.  Thanks to all who participated.  If you played with somebody and can't remember their name, click here to see a copy of the event draw.  Can't wait to do it again next year!

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

Overall Fundraising Progress

The MPRB is dedicating $165,000 to the project, and Hennepin County awarded us with an $80,000 Hennepin Youth Sports Grant. We need to raise $20,000 in 2021, but park board staff have confirmed that the courts will be built this summer!

MPRB Passes Master Plan
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