Tennis court users allege “conflict” at Grand Ave Park. | New



Tennis has resurfaced as a point of contention among Chino Hills players who find themselves ousted from their favorite courts.

A group of residents attended Tuesday’s council meeting, saying the courts at Grand Avenue Park, where they found camaraderie with other players, have been removed to allow for an educational game of tennis.

Lillian Xue said the city has allowed private use of courts to replace public access since July, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at both grounds, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon for a court on Saturday.

Resident Daniel Yeh said the players at Grand Avenue Park have become like family. He asked council to consider changing the teaching time on Saturday to afternoon. Mr. Yeh submitted 24 signatures.

Chino Hills spokeswoman Nicole Freeman said on Wednesday that the organization that provides tennis lessons is a contract instructor called “Tennis Anybody” who has been teaching in the city for more than 27 years.

Ms Freeman said Tennis Anyone used to teach classes at Ayala High School, but was moved initially by COVID and now by an increase in user fees, which has impacted their ability to deliver classes at an affordable price.

She said the city’s goal is to work with the Chino Valley Unified School District to restore access to tennis courts so that classes can resume at Ayala High School.

Greg Stachura, deputy superintendent of facilities, for the school district, told a resident who inquired about the reopening of the tennis courts last month that the high school courts have been closed to the public for several years due to vandalism , street hockey players who have worn down the court surfaces, and the fact that outside entities using the courts for private lessons have caused problems with user groups who have paid for use through the district .

He said residents can reserve the grounds for after-school hours and for weekend use at reasonable rates.


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