Submitted by Mike Doscher
The tennis community is a small but vital part of LWA culture. Pickle Ball has become the new entrant to the racquet/paddle activities and they are also a small but growing part of the culture. These two groups squared off with each other again in front of the Board vying for support of their particular interest group. Tennis is the first born and Pickle Ball is the new child in the family. There is bound to be some fighting over the toys and it has gone on for about four years. The two sides were arguing noise issues and I thought if this continues maybe we should eliminate tennis and pickle ball (take all the toys away). One speaker again opined that the tennis courts were “owned” by the tennis club. Wrong, it is common property we just let you use it. After the meeting it occurred to me that they were really fighting over our money and space and I don’t play either sport. The Board decision becomes clear if you view the question from the position of closely watching how we use our assessments (LWA taxes) and common property, while ignoring the emotions of the two sides.
The Board could do nothing but the kids will keep on fighting. This doesn’t cost us anything but most of us are tired of the yelling. They could buy the new kid a brand new Pickle Ball facility, spend $100,000+ of our money, and cover over a very large piece of common area along with high fences. That will keep these two small groups quiet but it certainly doesn’t make me happy. How about you? The last option was discussed four years ago but just wouldn’t get a fair hearing. Tell the kids they need to find a way to share the underutilized space that is already allocated to racquet sports. Now this sounds like maybe the highest and best use of our money. Charge one fee for the use of the racquet/tennis facility. Have our paid administration figure out which courts are dual use and which are not and arrange for scheduling that meets the needs of both groups. The oversight of the facility could be one Committee, not two clubs fighting. I think the Board just took a step down this path in the recent Board Meeting. The alternative would be for a petition to put these alternatives on a ballot and it only takes about 150 members to make that happen. I would bet real money on the results of the vote. God bless progress and maybe peace and quiet. On to the next LWA battle.