Rockford, Illinois News

Guilford Tennis Center open to public

ROCKFORD — The Guilford Tennis Center is now open for community use on a first-come, first-served basis through Oct. 31.

At 5702 Spring Creek Road, Guilford Tennis Center opened in 1973 when the community rallied for more tennis courts. For years, Rockford Park District and Rockford Public Schools (RPS205) shared the use of the 14-court lighted facility.

In June 2020, the Rockford Park District transitioned the facility to RPS205 to take over full operation in order for the Park District to reduce its footprint and save operational and maintenance expenses. Since that time, the Park District and RPS205 have continued working together to determine how and when the general public would have a chance to also utilize the tennis courts when RPS205 students are not using the facility.

In an effort to provide a collaborative solution, RPS205 staff determined the amount of funding needed to cover maintenance costs associated with operating the courts during non-school months. As part of a new Intergovernmental Agreement, the Park District will provide $4,669 every year to RPS205 to partially offset the cost of electricity, custodial services, garbage service, and maintenance costs incurred by the school district. The initial agreement is for a term of five years, with costs adjusted annually as needed.

“We know that this outdoor tennis facility is important to the health and wellness of our community, especially in the midst of a pandemic so we are thankful that our two organizations could work together to help keep youth, teens, and adults active and engaged,” Rockford Park District Executive Director Jay Sandine. “The Park District has over 100 tennis courts throughout the community but unfortunately we don’t have the resources to invest or even maintain all of these courts. We know that tennis trends have changed over the years so we envision having less tennis courts at a higher quality that are accessible to everyone in all areas of our community. We will continue to work with some key leaders and representatives of the tennis community on assessing all community tennis courts and develop a strategic plan that will drive what our tennis footprint looks like in the future.”

Guilford Tennis Center Hours

School Year
Monday – Friday, 5 – 10 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Summer
Monday – Sunday, 7:00 a.m. – 10 p.m.