Tennis enthusiasts invited to come make a racquet regarding bubble |

Tennis enthusiasts invited to come make a racquet regarding bubble

Greg Masse
Staff Writer

A determination could be made tonight on whether the Glenwood Springs Parks and Recreation Department will use its tennis bubble or scrap the idea.

A special public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Glenwood Springs Community Center to gather opinions on what to do with the bubble.

Should it be used at all? Should the money be used to build more outdoor courts instead of the bubble? Parks and Recreation Department director Dan Rodgerson hopes to get the answers from people in the Glenwood Springs-area tennis community.

“We’re trying to get a consensus,” Rodgerson said. “Anyone who’s ever swung a racket or competed at any level is welcome.”

Earlier in October, after receiving updated estimates on the potential cost of installing the bubble, some Glenwood Springs City Council members began to rethink the whole idea of installing the bubble, which the city purchased from the Snowmass Club for $8,000.

At its Oct. 3 meeting, Rodgerson told council installation of the bubble could cost $440,000. That cost includes grading for the proposed site behind the Community Center, and construction and equipment costs for the bubble itself.

Adding to the debate, some tennis players argued that more courts, rather than two covered courts, would be a better way to use the money.

The bubble would provide a place for people to play tennis during winter. But the bubble traps heat in summer, making it unusable for much of the day in hot months. But use during late fall, winter and early spring, when it’s too cold and snowy to use outdoor courts, proponents say, would make up for lost playing time in summer.

The visual impact of such a large bubble also became an issue for council. Some West Glenwood residents are concerned that the giant white bubble would be an eyesore. It measures approximately 120 by 120 feet, stands about 40 feet tall and fits two tennis courts.

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