The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is creating a state-of-the-art facility in Lake Nona to house their Community Tennis and Player Development divisions serving youth players, recreational players, collegians, future professional players, and professional tour level players. The target completion date for the Lake Nona facility is the fourth quarter of 2016.
While construction in Lake Nona is underway, and until it is completed, the USTA is seeking to rent ten (10) tennis courts (5 hard and 5 clay) during specified days and times at the Families, Parks and Recreation Department's (FPR) Orlando Tennis Centre, to temporarily house the Player Development program.
The attached Player Development Facility Use Agreement between the City of Orlando and USTA Player Development Incorporated, will allow USTA to hold practice and training camps at the Orlando Tennis Centre (OTC) for USTA Player Development participants, starting on June 15, 2016 and thru November 30, 2016 (or the opening of the USTA National Campus). USTA will pay the City the approved hourly rate for rental of the courts, i.e. $4.00 per hour per court, for an estimated total amount of $19,360.
Staff of the Families, Parks and Recreation Department have carried out an analysis of utilization of the OTC during the hours that USTA wishes to utilize ten (10) of the facility's sixteen (16) courts and determined there is sufficient capacity at OTC to house the program with marginal impact on OTC members. The impact, if any, will be mitigated by opening OTC an hour earlier (7:00 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m.) during the period of the Agreement, and implementing a system of 90 minute (instead of 120 minute) reservations, thus creating more playing time on the courts.