Capital Campaign

You’ll love what’s in store for The Fort.

The Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center is launching a capital campaign to make The Fort an even better place to play.

Our goal is to raise $1.7 million for improvements to our facilities, including:

  • New air-supported structures, or "bubbles"

  • An additional tennis court, for a total of nine full-size courts

  • 28 additional parking spaces

  • Improved lighting inside and out

  • Air conditioning and improved energy efficiency inside air-supported structures

  • Storage for ball machine, ball carts and maintenance supplies

  • Additional drinking fountain

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.

Our Plan

New air-supported structures and an added court

Patching and repairs have prolonged the life of our current air-supported structures, or “bubbles,” as long as possible, but they are nearing the end of their useful life. Additionally, in order to renew our lease agreement with the City of Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, we must replace the two bubbles by 2021.

As part of the project, our courts' layout will be reconfigured, allowing the addition of a ninth court, and all will be resurfaced.

Parking lot improvements

Parking lot maintenance is a joint effort by the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board and The Fort. Our current parking area has 65 spaces, currently accommodating eight courts with 64 players. Our plans call for adding 28 parking spaces; the resulting 93 spaces will accommodate 72 players as well as employees and visitors. Lighting and security will be upgraded, improving safety for our patrons, employees and visitors.

Building updates

New entrance

The front bubble will be reconfigured to accommodate four full courts. To do so, we must close our existing revolving door and construct a new entrance.

Storage closet

The new entrance will allow us to construct a storage area for ball carts and a storage closet for the ball machine, scrubber and sweeper. We also anticipate installation of a mop sink and drinking fountain on the pressurized side of the bubbles.

Construction Overview


reconfigured layout of front bubble; New Lighting for parking lot

New Walkway to the Bubbles



New Parking Lot configuration