OFFICIAL RIBBON CUTTING EVENT FOR THE NEW TRAPHAGEN TENNIS COURTS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2015 FROM 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon.
Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to watch an exhibition match between some top professional players like Kyle Maloof, Eric Burrer and Jason Derijk with serves averaging 120 mph and more.
Kids are encouragedto bring their tennis racquets. Adults should bring lawn chairs and beverages.
The Harding Township Committee is pleased to announce the official ribbon cutting event toopenthe new Traphagen Tennis Courts, just in time for thefall tennis season.
The Harding Township Recreation Association, (HTRA) will oversee this new tennis facility
“This is a banner day for the residents of Harding” said Mayor Nicolas Platt in a prepared statement. “This is all thanks to the generous gift of the family of the late Ross E. Traphagen. Laura Traphagen announced the family’s surprise $85,000 gift this past spring by simply saying “it is time to give back to a town my father loved.” These new courts replace ones installed over 34 years ago. They fell into disrepair and have been unusable for over a decade.
But these are not just ordinary tennis courts. The Traphagen family insisted to exacting manufacturing specifications and to have these courts replicate the professional surface and special multi-layer coatings found in Flushing Meadows, Queens, home of the U.S. Open. Even the surface paint colors are identical. "It costs more but it is certainly something we can be proud of” Platt said.
Nicole Lacz, MD. Co-President of HTRA stated "we are very excited to be involved with such a magnificent facility and look forward to integrating tennis into our youth programs. The location of the courts are also perfect. We have wonderful parking and access to the Kemmerer Library, not to mention the amazing views of the open meadows. We cannot ask for more. We look forward to seeing everyone next Saturday".
HTRA is also excited to announce that court time can now be "reserved" by going to their website www.htra.info.