Louisville tennis family helps restore athletic courts at Tyler Park | news

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A locally known tennis family helped restore the athletic fields at Tyler Park.

On Saturday, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Parks and Recreation held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the restoration of the park’s athletic fields. Two tennis courts, two pickleball courts, and a half-court basketball court will be available to park visitors once the restoration is complete.

The project was funded by a donation from the Cooper family as well as donations from the Tyler Park Neighborhood Association.

The Cooper family, whose three members were inducted into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame, began collecting commitments Renovating tennis courts at Louisville Metro Park last year. Two new tennis courts were completed in 2019 at the 13-acre park on Baxter Avenue in the Tyler Park neighborhood, but the park’s four original courts from more than 100 years ago remain derelict with large cracks and graffiti.

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William Cooper Sr. his six sons. (Photo courtesy of the Cooper family)

William Cooper Sr. and his wife Massie raised six boys who grew up on the tennis courts Tyler Park in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. Some of William, known as Bill, and Massie’s 19 grandchildren pushed for the completion of the $1.1 million project including the tennis courts.

For a family with a rich tennis history, Saturday was a chance to give back to the community in which she grew up.

“It meant a lot to us, it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us in tennis,” said Chucky Cooper, who was inducted into the Kentucky Tennis Hall of Fame in 2017. He is one of the six Cooper sons who were raised near Tyler Park.

The dishes are renamed in honor of the Cooper family.

“It’s really a testament to them because they’ve given a lot to the tennis community,” said Anne Cooper, a grandchild of Bill and Massie. “It was a great day for our family, it’s nice to know that these courts will continue and hopefully mean a lot in the lives of other children and families.”

Restoration of the sports fields in Tyler Park

Restoration of the athletic fields in Tyler Park.

Layla George, president and CEO of Olmsted Parks Conservancy, said in a press release that the gift from the Judge Family Foundation brought the project to the “finish line.”

Anne Cooper credited her cousin Drew, who coaches college basketball for Kentucky Wesleyan, for being the family member who brought it all together.

“There were so many contributors,” said Anne Cooper. “It was really exciting to watch and see everything come to fruition.”

According to a press release, key donors from the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Mayor Greg Fischer and the City of Louisville helped make the project possible. The investment in the sports fields costs around 209,000 US dollars.

In addition to the restoration of the sports field, a barrier-free ramp connecting the east and west sides of the park, a new playground, a paddling pool and a natural playground have already been installed.

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