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.
MCCC, MPRB, GA Design, and Bruce Peterson (court contractor) conducting detailed planning meetings
$80,000 Hennepin Youth Sports Grant Awarded to the MPRB for Waveland Triangle Clay CourtsTuesday, 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 TriangleWednesday, 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.
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.
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 DraftFriday, 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 GatherFriday, 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 ClayThursday, 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!