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Tennis Hall of Fame to Break Ground on $15.7m Project

The plan will create a modern, interactive museum, build new tennis facilities, expand the footprint and beef up campus-wide amenities.

Photo Courtesy: Newport Tennis Hall of Fame
Photo Courtesy: Newport Tennis Hall of Fame
The International Tennis Hall of Fame is set to begin a major renovation and improvement project that will revamp and modernize the historic facility that has become a cornerstone in Newport life and culture since its founding in 1954.

The $15.7 million capital campaign will "create a cohesive campus and world-class tennis facility that will enhance the experience for visitors from around the world as well as for the local community," according to a release.

The plan will create a modern, interactive museum, build new tennis facilities, expand the footprint and beef up campus-wide amenities.

"This campaign is not about ongoing operations," the organization said in a release. "It is about being stewards of the sport of tennis. It is about advancing the mission of the hall of fame. It is about improving our grounds and facilities and expanding our footprint. It is about growing and innovating. It is about the future."

The hall of fame spans seven acres.

A groundbreaking will be held on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Memorial Boulevard and Freebody Street.


George Costanza May 13, 2014 at 09:18 PM
There used to be two businesses in that location, a gas station and a house with a surf shop. Both businesses paid property taxes for their respective real estate, about $20,000.00 per year. Now there are no property tax payers in that location. We all get to make up the difference. Cheers!
amusedinri May 13, 2014 at 11:19 PM
The Tennis Hall of Fame pays taxes on their property .They will on this property also. They believe in paying their fair share unlike those other "non-profits"
steven McFarland May 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Well lets look at this park Holm has many lower income people living there that pay no taxes . On the other hand they soak up taxes by relying on public housing and food stamps and welfare payments .Newport would be much better off if we converted park holm over to Senior housing and other low income housing over to senior housing and move them back north where they were moved from in the beginning ... Most people don't know that park Holm and the old tonnomy hill were Military housing in the beginning when they were first built .....

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