To the editor:

With Cranmore Fitness closing last summer and the tennis facility closing this spring, the local tennis community is looking for a new home.

North Conway Tennis Association, a non-profit organization comprised of about 50 members, was formed in September and rented the indoor courts at Cranmore for six months.

With the courts soon to be razed, the NCTA is looking to build or rent an indoor facility and is soliciting ideas and suggestions from local developers and Realtors.

Tennis has a long tradition in the valley, starting with Volvo International and we’re doing our best to continue it. This winter, the courts have been used to near capacity with play by members and non-members, hosting clinics and lessons, including providing free court time to children through a program called Advantage Kids that is sponsored by the U.S. Tennis Association. And in March, the Fryeburg Academy and Kennett High tennis teams will use the courts for practice.

A new facility would accommodate these programs and more. These could include pickleball and other youth sports, like baseball, which have used Cranmore in the past for spring training.

As a recreational sports community, and the home of the Volvo, it would be a tragedy to not have an indoor facility. Without one, tennis will wither away as the closest indoor courts are in Portland, Maine, and the Lakes Region.

We hope to continue the momentum started this winter with a new facility, but we need the community’s help.

For more information, suggestions or just to stay in touch as we progress on this journey, contact Thelma Maguire at thelmmima@me.com, or Justin Chaffee at justinc1984@gmail.com, and we’ll add you to the NCTA email list.

Thelma Maguire

Center Conway

Justin Chaffee

Fryeburg, Maine

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