City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Join us for the Burnett “Blondie” Pharr Tennis Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Artwork Dedication on Wednesday, October 25.
Join the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Capital Delivery Services Department, the Economic Development Department's Art in Public Places program, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the Burnett “Blondie” Pharr Tennis Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Artwork Dedication on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 10:00 a.m. at 4201 Brookview Rd. This is an outdoor park event. Dress comfortably.
The project renovated the 1970s era tennis courts and pro shop building facility to meet accessibility requirements and address site deficiencies. The renovation refurbished the courts; added energy-efficient sports lighting; replaced fencing, windscreens, and court amenities; and provided accessible parking, security site lighting, and proper drainage. Additionally, the project provided new facility signage, shade structures, and park furnishings.
A permanent artwork was created as part of the Pharr Tennis Center rehabilitation. The City's Art in Public Places program facilitates this artwork process. Selected local artists Rakhee Jain Desai and Melissa Knight carried out community engagement to develop an artwork design. Their sculpture "Harmonic Strings" was inspired by the energy and camaraderie of tennis. It was installed in 2023. Learn more about the Pharr Tennis Center Renovation.