Eau Claire (WQOW) - Ground is moving to make way for a multi-million dollar tennis center in Eau Claire.
The YMCA said the plot of land where the $10 million Menard Family Tennis Center will be built is being raised four feet to get out of the flood plain. The YMCA said it will likely start construction once the frost is out of the ground in March or April. Staff hope to have the new tennis center open and running in late 2017.
Ken Van Es, the executive director of the Eau Claire YMCA, said the YMCA has a couple of different designs for the outside of the building, but the floor plan is set with eight indoor courts and four outdoor courts. "I think this will be one of the best tennis centers in the Midwest, if not bigger,” Van Es said. “I think the United States Tennis Association is looking at is as a place that they can host events here, so I think it is good not only for the Y, but for the community in general.”
The Menard family is paying to build the new tennis center, and in return, the family will now own the current five-court tennis center on Moore Street that opened in 1972. Menards said it will look to sell or re-purpose the building.