Drone video of Conway, SC, and cresting of the Waccamaw River
The City of Conway is moving forward with plans to rebuild the Riverfront Tennis Center after it was destroyed late last year from flooding after Hurricane Florence.
City council voted Monday to accept a grant from the United States Tennis Association to fully design and engineer a new facility with the hope of reopening within the next 18 months. The planning will be completely funded by the association with no city contribution needed, according to city spokeswoman Taylor Newell.
The current seven-court facility, at 7 Elm St., will be demolished with funding from FEMA, and the plan is to rebuild the courts and clubhouse higher to mitigate against future flooding. The demolition is expected to occur in early July.
The new tennis center will have eight clay, ADA-compliant courts, which will allow the facility to host tennis tournaments.
“We believe it will be bigger and better than before both in courts and programming opportunities,” Todd Carlson, USTA National manager of CTAs, parks and tennis facility development said in a news release. “Your community deserves the best, and we plan to provide our expertise to make it happen.”
Newell said the city hasn’t set aside any money to rebuild the center, but they’re hopeful the project will be fully covered by FEMA.
In the absence of Riverfront Tennis Center, the only publicly available tennis courts in Conway are located at Collins Park and Smith-Jones Recreation Center.
Horry County Schools was previously in discussion with the city about working together to build a new tennis center that could be used by Conway High School, but Newell confirmed that those talks haven’t continued.