Simpson Memorial Tennis Program

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Repair Bud Simpson Tennis Center at Gordon Moore Park

This page describes the Alton Parks/SMTP initiative to repair the Bud Simpson Tennis Center located at Gordon Moore Park. 


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Money to fix tennis courts at Gordon Moore.

  • Can you help us reach the goal of $50,000 to repair the cracks and resurface the courts at Simpson Tennis Center at Gordon Moore Park?
  • Donations are tax deductible
  • City will match donations dollar for dollar.
  • City of Alton has 2017 Plan to fix the courts but funding is needed.
  • Large donations can be tied to Court Sponsorship recognition at the tennis center
  • Money donated to the City of Alton's "Simpson Tennis Fund" can only be used for the purpose of tennis court maintenance and tennis programs, and is only spent on projects approved by the Simpson Memorial Tennis Program.

Donations by Credit Card

Donations By Check

Send a check made out to "City of Alton" with the memo "Simpson Tennis Fund" to:

City Treasurer's Office
101 East Third St.
Alton, IL 62002

Thank You Donors and Sponsors!

  • Major Sponsors ($1,000+) - Banner on Court 5 Years

    • Nancy, Kate, & Rob Simpson

    • The Claywell Family

    • The Moehn Family

    • Anne & King Hoagland

    • In Memory of Robert Logan

    • Thursday Night Tennis

  • Gold Sponsors ($500+) - On Commemorative Banner

    • Peter Kasavage

    • Steve Merkle

    • Marquette High School

    • Martha Phillips & Kieran McGuane

    • McConnell & Associates

  • Silver Sponsors ($250+) - On Commemorative Banner

    • Doug & Stephanie Mendenhall
    • Tim Campbell
    • John & Barb Hoelscher
    • David & Michelle Place
    • Bill & Judy Diddlebock
    • John Van Hook
    • Alton Memorial Hospital
    • The Loading Dock
    • Jim & Barb Barret
    • Tom & Patty Morrissey
    • Dave Lipe
    • Robert & Susie Lowe
    • B. Barrett
    • Steve & Janet Lesko
    • Spain/Donnewald Distribution
    • Marv & Shannon Adler
    • Bob & Carolyn McCluskey
    • John & Cami Giertz
    • Fred & Bonlyn Tiemann
  • Bronze Sponsors ($100+) - On Commemorative Banner
    • Donna & Ben Roche
    • Mark & Mary Cousley
    • David & Cara Cousley
    • Susan Stephan
    • John & Beth Becker
    • Mike Sholar
    • The Faulkenberg Family
    • Nancy Beth Jackson
    • Judy Dippold
    • Myra Rowan
    • Quality Pontiac
    • Norton & Rain
    • CNB Bank & Trust
    • WBGZ
    • Friends of Bill Haine
    • Amy Brainerd
    • John Brainerd
    • Picture This and More
    • Gloria Parker
    • James & Dawn Humphrey
    • Bob Walters
    • Bob & Sharon Jourdain
    • Roberts Motors
    • Mike Stumpe
    • Stan Hogrebe
    • Millicent & Stan McAfoos
    • Nancy & Ed Ryrie
    • Tom & Toni Brummett
    • Gigi Darr
    • Darrell Eden
    • Carrie & Robert Craig
    • Justin Scheiter
    • Jim & Kelli Lauschke
  • Pro Shop Pros ($50 or more)
    • Gaye & Barry Julian
    • Wita & Bob Halsey
    • Linda Smith
    • Marcia & John Gaskill
    • Michelle & Steve Matthews
    • Jay Kasten
    • Pat & Irene McLaughlin
    • John & Angie Durland
    • Miles & Mary Yanta
    • Lakme Kodros
    • Charles & Joan Shepard
    • Vickie & Bruno Dosso
    • Larry & Shirley Spain
    • Elizabeth Spain
    • Ellen & Peter Tassinari
    • Charles & Joan Shepard
    • Sandy & Dan Freeman
    • Greg & Deb Gates
    • Deb & Richard Miller
    • Gene & Sarah Ursprung
    • Frances Coulter
    • Christina Claywell
    • Brad & Susan Roberts
    • Randy & Lynn Jackson
    • Sarah Rose
    • Jeanine & Ross Legg
    • Robert & Michele Meyers
    • Peter & Heidi Groves
    • Ed & Marla Fischer
    • Martha Phillips & Kieran McGuane
    • Kristin & Roy Bower
    • John & Donna Webster
    • Scott Dixon
    • Pat & Irene McLaughlin
    • James & Barbara Barrett
    • Sara & Andrew Herrin
    • Orlando & Barbara Panfile
    • Mike & Kelly Keenan
    • Brian & Karen Moore
    • Elaine & Bob Kane
    • Erin & Tom Spain
    • Jeff Struif
    • Mike McCormick
    • Terry Beaubien
    • Mary Lou Michler
    • Martin & Lisa Abilex
    • Mid-Illinois Gymnastics
    Racquet Raisers ($5 to $45)
    • Gene & Leanne Ridolfi
    • Gwyn & Ray Thorpe
    • Kelly Stanek
    • Michael Baruch
    • Mary & Joe Bayer
    • Jean Hauk
    • Johnson's Corner
    • White Birch
    • Gouldings Jewelry
    • Judy Durr
    • Stephanie Kreitner
    • Patrick Purcell
    • Carol Manning
    • Stacy & Tina Murphy
    • Jim Spain
    • Mike Haynes
    • Barb Gable
    • Carolyn Gibbons
    • Patrick Gable
    • Danny Gerdt
    • Demetra Almonroeder
    • Mike & Pollyann Walters
    • Derek Trent
    • Pat Coyle
    • Derrick & Kathleen Richardson


City of Alton 2017 Plan to Fix Tennis Courts at Simpson Center

  • City Project Leads: Mike Haynes and Bobby Barnhart.
  • Donations Through April 2017
  • Choose Contractor May 2017
  • Begin Repairs June 1, 2017
  • Play on Courts July 4, 2017
  • Location: Dr. Raymond Simpson Tennis Center at Gordon Moore Park
    • Built in 1991. 8 courts, 4 lighted.
    • Stadium seating/ADA access/parking for 300 spectators
    • Pro shop with a water fountain and bathrooms.
    • Courts last resurfaced in 2006. Cracking and peeling surface.
  • Scope: Long-term solution to repair cracks on all 8 courts at Simpson Center at Gordon Moore Park
    • Strip existing surface
    • Fill cracks
    • Cover cracks with geotextile fabric
    • Level/Resurface/Repaint
  • Estimated Cost: $100,000
    • Based on proposals provided by McConnell, Pro-Track, and Sport Court
    • All eight courts were examined in person by contractors and deemed fixable.
    • Guarantees up to 10 years against cracking using geotextile fabric solution.
    • Courts will not show any lines where cracks have been treated.
    • Courts will play like normal hard courts.
  • Funding: City with match up to $50,000 raised by Raise Your Racquet Campaign
    • You can help! Donate above and attend Raise Your Racquet
    • Raise Your Racquet Benefit
  • Maintenance Plan: Resurface every 5 years
    • Budget $11,000 year to resurface 8 courts every 5 years
    • Courts should show no cracks for many years with regular resurfacing


Why It's Important

  • Central Location

    The tennis center is located near the geographic center of the Riverbend area - an ideal spot to serve the communities of Godfrey, Alton, East Alton, Bethalto, Roxana, and Woodriver.

  • Excellent Facilities

    The tennis center has 8 courts, lighting for 4 courts, stadium seating/ADA access/parking for 300 spectators, and a pro shop with a water fountain and bathrooms.  It is in a beautiful setting with natural protection from the wind.  It is laid out in two court banks that limit interference from other courts.

  • It Gets Used!

    Because of its great location and facilities, many people and schools play at the tennis center.  It is well suited for USTA tournaments such as the Bud Simpson Open, Alton Open, Alton Closed, and Alton Junior Open.


What Needs Repair

  • Court Surface

    • The courts were last resurfaced in 2006 by the City of Alton. Since then the surface has cracked and begun to flake off (Click here for pictures).  The courts are not useable for higher level competition and present a tripping and slipping hazard.  Further, the untreated cracks will continue to get worse as water enters them.



    • Cas Shepard from SMS Engineering, McConnell and Associates, Pro-Track Tennis, and Sport Court have visited the courts to recommend repair options. They found the following:

      1. The amount of cracking is consistent with what you would expect for asphalt courts that were built in 1991. Asphalt tends to form cracks due to thermal expansion and contraction.

      2. The cracks on courts 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8 can be remedied using several different methods including: filling and sealing, using fabric overlay, overlaying with asphalt, tearing up and rebuilding with asphalt, tearing up and rebuilding with post-tension.

      3. We can expect to get many more years of use from the tennis center by using the filling/sealing and fabric remedies along with a schedule of resurfacing every 5 years. A complete tear down and rebuild of the surface is not currently indicated.

      4. (Ten Year Plan) A repair plan that includes filling cracks, using geotextile fabric over the cracks and resurfacing will produce flat courts with little to no cracking for 10 years or more. Typically, the courts should be resurfaced every 5 years at a cost of around $7,000 per court.


History





If you'd like to help, please contact us at committee@simpsontennis.org.