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New Policies and Rates starting March 1st, 2020

posted Feb 1, 2020, 5:31 PM by Allan Thompson   [ updated Feb 1, 2020, 5:31 PM ]

New Policies and Rates were published February 1st, 2020 and the new Policies, Rates and hours of operation will be implemented starting March 1st, 2020.

The new Policies and Rates are available here.

One change is that players are now expected to stop immediately they are bumped by waiting players. THe current policy is that play can continue until the end of the current game before ending their match.

Payne Park Survey

posted Nov 8, 2019, 2:16 PM by Allan Thompson

City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation

This survey will be used to finalize the policies at Payne Park Tennis Center. Your input is valuable in determining court reservations, the use of guest passes and product offerings, such as, Payne Park Tennis Center merchandizing, beer, wine and snacks. This survey will be open from Friday, November 8, 2019 to Friday, November 22, 2019. All responses will be anonymous.
Thank your for your participation in this survey.


Tumeka Harris
City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation

Important Notices

posted Nov 8, 2019, 2:14 PM by Allan Thompson

1. Washing your shoes in the shower and sink causes our plumbing to clog! There is a designated area to wash your shoes. Please, under no circumstances should you clean your shoes in the sinks or showers!

2. There will be no Ladies Night Round Robin on November 11, 2019 due to early closing (2:00 pm) for Veteran's Day.

3. If you're interested in clinics here at Payne Park Tennis Center, please email me at In the email, please include your name, phone number, email address, age and level of tennis experience.

4. Finally, we're conducting a survey among all Payne Park Tennis Center passholders, asking for your input to help finalize our policies. You will be receiving a link to the survey from Tumeka Harris via Constant Contact, available from Friday, November 8 to November 22. You will need to include your Master Pass number (the digits on your "fob"). Your responses will be anonymous.

Thank you!

Holiday Hours

posted Nov 8, 2019, 2:13 PM by Allan Thompson

Veterans Day: Monday, Nov.11th (7:30AM-2PM)

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday Nov.28th (CLOSED)

Day After Thanksgiving: Friday, Nov.29th (7:30AM-2PM)

Tonidandel's lose in Final of National Grass Courts!

posted Sep 2, 2019, 10:56 AM by Allan Thompson

In their bid for a 7th Nat’l Championship Ron and Jeff came up short, losing 7-6(10-8), 6-4 to the Goldmans in a two hours and twenty minutes match Aug 30, 2019, in the final of the USTA Nat’l Ultra Father-Son Grass Court Championship at the Piping Rock Club in Locust Valley, LI.

They had two set points in the first set tiebreaker, at (6-5) and (8-7),but could not convert. Also, Ron and Jeff had four break points on the son’s serve at 2 games all in the first set, but did not break.

In the second set Ron was broken for the only break of the set.

This is their 6th Silver Ball(runner up), to go along with 6 Bronze Balls(3rd place).

Next up: Tues Nov 19, 2019, the Nat’l Clay at The Landings Racquet Club in Sarasota, FL. Stay tuned.

Auditorium Meeting report - October 1st , 2018

posted Oct 1, 2018, 2:50 PM by Allan Thompson   [ updated Sep 2, 2019, 10:58 AM ]

The Sarasota Herald Tribune published a report of the meeting at:-

So a reprieve for Payne Park... but keep vigilant... there may be more attempts to take away the facility..!

Meeting with Commissioner Hagen Brody and Director of Parks and Recreation, Jerry Fogle - 6th June, 2018

posted Jun 16, 2018, 10:27 AM by Allan Thompson

A report on the meeting called by Commissioner Hagen Brody, Director of Parks and Recreation, Jerry Fogle and representatives of Payne Park Players: Tony Kenworthy, Tanya Ringland, Debby Thompson, Allan Thompson, Ginny Rattigan, Pam Hahlbeck and Rose Waag, is available below.

Essential points form the meeting are:
  • there will be no substantive changes for users of Payne Park when the City takes over full operation of the site
  • damaged awnings are to be repaired in the near future - a Purchase Order has been placed and a work schedule is being discussed
  • existing staff will be considered, by the City, for future posts at the Tennis Center. Staff appointed, by the City, to work at the Tennis Center will not be seconded to other locations and will work solely at Payne Park
  • a plan to provide additional parking spaces is being considered
  • potential use of the other parts of the building is being investigated to provide better locker rooms and pro shop.
  • the City will be looking into enhancing the facilities and increasing usage at 'slow' periods, hopefully encouraging more children to play the game

City of Sarasota : Parks and Recreation Master Plan preparation

posted Jun 2, 2018, 4:14 PM by Allan Thompson

Thank you to everyone who commented on the draft paper I put together as comments on the Interim Parks and Recreation Master Plan which was presented at a meeting of the City of Sarasota Commission on May 21st , 2018.

The file below is the final paper which has been dispatched to:-

David L. Barth, PhD

Sarasota City Commission:

Mayor Liz Alpert

Vice-Mayor Jen Ahearn-Koch

Commissioner Hagen Brody

Commissioner Willie Charles Shaw

Commissioner Shelli Freeland Eddie


Steven Cover, Director of Planning

Jerry Fogle, Director of Parks and Recreation

Please let me know if you hear of any more news that should be circulated to our mailing list - now 193 strong!

City of Sarasota : Parks and Recreation Master Plan Interim Draft Report - Draft Submission

posted May 27, 2018, 2:10 PM by Allan Thompson

Thanks to Sami, Rose, several members of Payne Park attended the City Council meting on May 21st, 2018 at which there was discussion of a 'Parks and Recreation Master Plan Interim Draft Report'.

Payne Park was not mentioned in the report and there is an opportunity for us to make sure the City are aware of our great facility!

I put together a draft paper (available below) for submission to the Consultants, Barth Associates, the Commission and City Officers and would welcome comments. 

Please read the paper and send comments to before Tuesday May 29th, 2018

A gathering to celebrate Alex's life

posted Aug 26, 2016, 9:59 AM by Allan Thompson   [ updated Aug 26, 2016, 10:00 AM ]

To celebrate Alex's life we are gathering at..

Siesta Key Beach Pavilion 13 
(picnic area located to the left of main entrance)

Saturday August 27, 2016 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Please see attached Invites for more Information.
Also please feel free to share this Invite 
with anyone you know who
would like to attend.

We would love to see you there so stop by anytime.

Thank you
Gina, Anna and Chico

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