Manatee County Dedicates State-of-the-Art Racquet Sports Complex






BRADENTON — Dozens of tennis and pickleball fans joined Manatee County leaders Friday to dedicate the newly renovated Walton Racquet Center CV at GT Bray Park.

A brief video of highlights from the event can be found here.

With 20 pickleball courts (most covered) and 8 clay tennis courts, the resort welcomes players of all ages and abilities to the West Bradenton facilities. All courts were filled shortly after the early morning ceremony – which also featured the renaming of the main road running through the complex for a longtime local supporter of recreational and educational opportunities.

Manatee County Commission Chairman Kevin Van Ostenbridge joined past and current political leaders at a ceremony renaming part of 33rd Ave Drive W. to Wilbur Boyd Boulevard in memory of the former Florida state senator and civic leader.

County Administrator Scott Hopes thanked Van Ostenbridge – and his fellow commissioners – for continuing the mission to build the facility to support the growing participatory sport of pickleball. Recognizing the hard work of the Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Teams, Property Administration and Management, Manatee County School Board and Clerk, City of Bradenton, McIntyre Contractors Elwell & Strammer , Kimley Horn and Sweet Sparkman, he said this facility is nothing short of world-class. And it’s a sign of what’s to come – across the county.

“We’re setting the standard today,” Hopes said. “That’s what Manatee County thinks the public should be able to enjoy,”

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