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Vote To Secure Crandon Park's Future

Crandon Park Tennis Center is going to the polls to try and secure a $50 million renovation.

Published October 26, 2012 08:17

Vote To Secure Crandon Park's Future
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MIAMI, FL, USA - For 27 years Crandon Park Tennis Center has been an integral part of the Miami sporting landscape.

Over this period, the 800-acre site, home of the Sony Open Tennis, has provided countless memories and a not-insignificant economic boost to the local community. Now that community has the chance to play its own part in the next chapter in the venue's history.

On November 6, Miami-Dade County residents will go to the polls to decide whether to approve a proposed $50 million, tournament-funded upgrade of Crandon Park and an extension of the tournament's lease.

The upgrades will include improvements to the three show courts and the addition of further green space around the grounds.

All this will be funded by tournament-generated revenues, with no change to the site's capacity, terms of use and public access. Miami-Dade County will continue to own and operate the Tennis Center, ensuring the improved facilities are open to the public for 49 weeks of the year.

In addition to its rich sporting heritage, the Sony Open Tennis, held at the end of March every year, is also a significant financial boon to the county. In 2012, the tournament drew a record 326,000 spectators and helped to generate nearly $400 million for the local economy.

Should the changes be given the green light, they will help secure the Sony Open Tennis' future at the site, according to Tournament Director Adam Barrett.

"The Sony Open is a world-class tennis event and an asset to Miami that brings in the top men's and women's players and showcases the best of Miami to the world," Barrett said. "We are proposing a series of improvements that will ensure the tournament can remain at home in Miami for years to come. Best of all, the public will be able to enjoy a better park at no cost to taxpayers."

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez sponsored the proposal for the referendum last November, which in order to be passed requires a two-third majority.

"The proposed upgrades to the Crandon Park Tennis Center reflect a private investment with a public benefit," Suarez said. "Outside of the two weeks each year when Crandon Park is at the center of the international tennis world, the improved Tennis Center will be enjoyed by Miami-Dade residents."

Early voting on the referendum starts on October 27, and residents can learn more about the Park Partnership campaign here.

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