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Forsyth County takes control of tennis at Fowler

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-- Kayla Robins

SOUTH FORSYTH — Questions over the control of the tennis program at Fowler Park appear to have been resolved.

The park’s tennis courts — including clinics, camps and upkeep — will be run by the county, bringing all the public courts in Forsyth under the same supervision.

The decision Tuesday night by the county’s parks and recreation board came after Tennessee-based Annacone Tennis announced it would not renew its contract for 2015.

Annacone was the only private company to run public courts in the Forsyth during 2014. The arrangement has been unpopular with some local tennis players since it was announced in 2013.

Jim Brennan, recreation division manager, told the board the management change means the county will coordinate league play, schedule tournaments, allocate practice time for high school teams and maintain the courts. No additional jobs will be required.

Fowler’s 12 courts — which account for a third of the county’s 36 public courts — will be free to use on a walk-up basis but can also be reserved with payment.

“We decided it would be best to just keep the tennis program uniform throughout the county,” Brennan said.

One reason increased costs were associated with Annacone was the reportedly higher level of instruction the private company offered. According to Brennan, some Annacone instructors have said they will continue to teach independently in Forsyth.

Revenue for the county will be generated the same way as with the other courts — Central, Coal Mountain, Midway, Sawnee Mountain and Sharon Springs. That’s through tournaments, court reservations and independently contracted instructors.

When an instructor gives a lesson at Fowler, the county will collect 30 percent of the fee, which Brennan said should bring in nearly $25,000. This is thought to level out with last year’s revenue.

“It’s about the same amount,” he said, “but with us having the control over our courts.”