A child hits a tennis ball on a blue tennis court
A children's coaching session at Bostall Gardens

Published: Monday, 18th September 2023

The Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) have announced a partnership to potentially invest in and refurbish public park tennis courts in Royal Greenwich.

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In total, funding is available for the refurbishment of six park tennis venues with an investment in the region of £300,000. Altash Gardens, Bostall Gardens, Kidbrooke Green Park, Maryon Park, Plumstead Common and Chesterfield Walk have been identified as sites for investment. The works would ensure quality facilities are available for the local community for years to come. 

Councillor Adel Khaireh, Cabinet Member for Equality, Culture and Communities, said, “This partnership with the Lawn Tennis Association is a brilliant opportunity to deliver high quality tennis facilities to Royal Greenwich residents, providing a convenient, low-cost way to stay active and have fun.  

“To make the project a success, we need to ensure the courts are kept in good condition so that they are accessible to the local community for years to come. 

“Whether you aspire to be the next Emma Radacanu, enjoy a friendly knockabout or are completely new to tennis, these courts are for you, so we want to hear your thoughts on how they should operate.  

“Complete our survey now or join us at one of our community forums to hear our proposals and share your feedback with us.” 

To ensure residents have access to high quality, sustainable facilities, refurbishments would include:  

  • resurfacing of tennis courts (not applicable to Bostall Gardens and Maryon Park) and two-tone painted surface 

  • new nets and posts  

  • new external fencing (where applicable) 

  • electronic gated access system  

  • online booking system (with a booking telephone line available) 

  • a proposed blended model with a balance of free access and charged access.  

The council must ensure that the courts will be sustainable to secure the LTA funding and have developed a proposed low-cost pricing model that would cover maintenance costs and secure the future of these community courts. 

Courts will be available to book online including via the LTA website, making it far easier to find and book a court or activity. Bookings could also be made by telephone. 

We want to hear your thoughts on our proposals for the refurbishment and future pricing and booking models.  

We will be holding community forums where you can learn more about these proposals and share your views. 

Meeting dates: 

  • Monday 25 September, 7pm, St Thomas Church Hall, Woodland Terrace, SE7 8EN | Regarding Maryon Park

  • Tuesday 26 September, 7pm, Bostall Gardens, Viola Avenue, Abbey Wood, SE2 0TQ | Regarding Bostall Gardens

  • Thursday 28 September, 6.30pm Greenacres Primary School, Witherston Way, Coldharbour Estate, London SE9 3JN | Regarding Altash Gardens

  • Monday 2 October, 7pm, Plumstead Manor School, Old Mill Rd, London SE18 1QF | Regarding Plumstead Common

  • Tuesday 3 October, 7.30pm, Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE | Regarding Chesterfield Walk

  • Wednesday 4 October, 7pm, Charlton Park Rugby Club, 60A Broad Walk, London SE3 8NB | Kidbrooke Green Park

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