The University of Northern Iowa, the City of Cedar Falls and the Cedar Falls Community School District were awarded $500,000 by the Black Hawk County Gaming Association for a joint project to construct a new shared-use, multi-court tennis facility. The new tennis complex replaced the courts at the school district's Robinson-Dresser Sports Complex and the courts on the UNI campus along Hudson Road, all which reached their useful life.
The UNI tennis courts support academic classes, intramural, club and team opportunities for play. While serving university uses, the UNI tennis courts also have been an important facility for the City of Cedar Falls Recreation Programs. It is estimated that the new tennis complex will serve more than 3,000 local individuals annually.
The new tennis courts cost $1.5 million. The project received a $500,000 grant from the Black Hawk County Gaming Association, and the balance is being funded by UNI, the city and school district.
In 2015, the UNI community engaged in an extensive Facilities Master Planning project. The No. 1 item of immediate need found in the Recreation and Athletic Facility plan was the tennis court complex.
"The partnerships to make the courts a reality shows the strength of the community working together to benefit many areas, including the UNI Tennis program."