On June 26, tennis courts became available in Tehachapi for public use. The courts owned by the Tehachapi Unified School District are located on the grounds of Jacobson Middle School, across a parking lot south of the Dye Natatorium. The courts are open the same hours as the swimming pool, that is, all day during the week and beginning at 11 a.m. on weekends. All three courts are open to all at no charge.
Public use of the courts is administered by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation & Park District through a memorandum of understanding with the school district. TVRPD personnel open and close the courts and oversee their use, while the TUSD maintenance department is responsible for its upkeep.
Tehachapi area tennis players have been looking forward to having courts available in Tehachapi. Previously, the only courts open to the public have been in Bear Valley Springs for use by their residents, and to their guests for a $5 charge.
On the opening day, players using the courts included some young elementary-age students, members of the high school tennis teams and at least one senior over the age of 70.
Presently, the agreement is for the courts to be available until Aug. 6. After this, it is hoped that the courts would continue to be open after school hours on a non-interference basis with school use.
Tehachapi area residents can thank the leadership of TUSD and the TVRPD for making tennis courts available to the public. In particular, Kirk Gilbert, director of maintenance and operations for TUSD assisted by Kelly Patterson, and Corey Torres, interim district manager of TVRPD, who have been key players in making this happen. Also, the TUSD maintenance staff made a special effort to prepare the courts for this day.
Edward Weston is a local tennis player.