You’ll Love What’s In Store For The Fort!
Since 2002, before Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, the Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center has been the social network of the local tennis community. “The Fort” as we lovingly call it has been here for us as we’ve practiced, played, lived, loved and cared about tennis, the community and one another for over 15 years. And now The Fort needs our help, as our current domes have reached the end of their functional life and can no longer be repaired.
Why These Upgrades Need to Happen
The Fort, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) entity, is not owned by the City of Minneapolis nor does it receive any funding from them. However, our land lease with the city makes us legally obligated to maintain our property and finance all mandatory facility upgrades. If we do not perform these upgrades, The Fort will not be allowed to renew its lease with the City of Minneapolis, potentially causing us to close our doors for good.
Thus, the Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center is launching a capital campaign to make The Fort an even better place to play.
Our goal are bold as we need to raise $1.7 million to “FORTify Our Future” and continue serving our tennis family. Thus the Capital Campaign is vitally important to our future as we make the following improvements:
New air-supported structures (or "bubbles") in both the front and the back
An additional tennis court, for a total of nine full-size courts meaning 5,400 hours of additional court time annually
Air conditioning and improved energy efficiency inside the air-supported structures
New LED lighting in both bubbles
Upgraded parking facilities with 28 additional parking spaces, additional lighting and security cameras
A new lighted walkway between the front and the back bubbles which will house additional storage for tennis equipment, a drinking fountain and the new Donor Recognition Walkway to honor all those who contribute to the Capital Campaign
Replacing our bubbles will ensure that The Fort is a state-of-the-art facility for decades to come, while expanding our courts and parking lot will provide more playing opportunities for our patrons and allow us to serve more youth from under-resourced schools through our TennisWorks program. Our expansion will also allow us to host larger USTA tournaments and other events.
Together, we can make The Fort even better. Please consider joining us to nurture a place where you love to play.