“We feel like we are playing at Wimbledon”.
Those are the words of Judy who has been playing tennis down at the Coogee Beach Reserve courts every Tuesday for the past 20 years.
The courts, and those at Anning Park in South Lake, have recently been refurbished by the City of Cockburn after $35,000 was set aside in the 2017-18 budget to improve the ageing bitumen playing surfaces.
Judy said the average age of her tennis friends was 70+ but their most senior member, Daphne, still loved a weekly hit around the court at the age of 95.
"We are extremely grateful to the council for resurfacing the courts and cannot thank you enough,” Judy said.
“New members are always welcome and you’re never too old to be active!”
Recreation Development Officer Nathan Johnston said the new acrylic court surface was called Plexipave, common throughout Perth, with work completed this month in time for the summer peak usage period.
The courts are free to use during daylight hours – first in first served – while the cost to activate the floodlights for night games is $15 per hour.
Floodlight tokens can be paid for and collected from the City’s Administration at 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood, 8.30am-4.30pm weekdays.
Those wanting to play night tennis under floodlights during the Christmas/New Year period can pay for and pick up their tokens early, as the City’s Administration will close over the festive season.
The City’s Administration will close from 4.30pm, Friday, 22 December until 8.30am Tuesday, 2 January.