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Sparta tennis facility named best of 2023

Sparta — Sparta Area Schools’ high-school tennis complex has been named the top outdoor tennis facility of 2023 by the American Sports Builders Association

During a recent meeting in Dallas, the ASBA — a national organization for athletic-facility builders and material-suppliers — presented the award to the district, project designers and engineers GMB Architecture & Engineering, and The Christman Company, which oversaw construction of the tennis complex. The news was shared in a December press release.

Sparta’s facility, constructed in fall 2022, consists of eight, post-tensioned concrete outdoor courts and was the final project of the district’s $58.6 million bond passed in 2016. Construction of the complex was part of an effort to improve district athletic facilities.

The facility’s layout connects the eight courts along a central walkway. It includes seat-walls and portable bleachers. All courts and viewing areas are ADA-compliant.

An aerial view of Sparta’s tennis facility (courtesy)
An aerial view of Sparta’s tennis facility (courtesy)

“Sparta Area Schools is very proud of our athletic facilities,” Superintendent Joel Stoner stated in the release. “The new tennis courts are an amazing addition to our facilities and a highly appealing aesthetic added to the high school campus.”

GMB landscape architect Matt Heidloff said in the release that the facility “acts as a real celebration of athletics,” adding that the project is something “the whole community of Sparta can be proud of.”

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Students launch Latinx Student Union

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Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley
Riley Kelley is a reporter covering Cedar Springs, Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids and Sparta school districts. An award-winning journalist, Riley spent eight years with the Ludington Daily News, reporting, copy editing, paginating and acting as editor for its weekly entertainment section. He also contributed to LDN’s sister publications, Oceana’s Herald-Journal and the White Lake Beacon. His reporting on issues in education and government has earned accolades from the Michigan Press Association and Michigan Associated Press Media Editors. Riley’s early work in journalism included a stint as an on-air news reporter for WMOM Radio, and work on the editorial staff of various student publications. Riley is a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He originally hails from western Washington.

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