A platform tennis facility may eventually be built in Naperville, but it is at least a few years in the future, Naperville Park District officials said.
Known colloquially as “paddle,” platform tennis is played outdoors on courts a third the size of a tennis court. The court is ringed by tall, rigid wire mesh screens. Players are allowed to play balls off the screens. It’s scored the same as regular tennis.
A focus group for the district began looking into the feasibility of offering platform tennis here in Naperville a ffew months ago, and the group spoke with officials from communities offering the activity including Hinsdale, Glen Ellyn and more.
Park District Executive Director Ray McGury said cost estimates to build what, in effect, would be a clubhouse as well as four courts would run “anywhere from $600,000 to $1 million” and that plans to pursue platform tennis would most likely be put on hold for now.
“We currently have a core group of about 100 people here in Naperville that have been traveling to these various communities and hoping we’ll offer a facility here,” he said. “We want to invite our focus group back and talk with them about maybe helping with the funding, as there are grants out there available for this sort of thing. The number of those interested isn’t all that large right now, and this is sort of a niche. Given the costs, we don’t see this as one of our top projects right now, but something we might be able to do in maybe three to five years.”