The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to cancel a construction contract to build two new tennis courts in public park land near the Pleasanton Tennis complex at Hopyard Road and Valley Avenue.
Faced with an overflow crowd of more than 200 and 30 speakers who mostly objected to the planned placement of the new courts, the council voted 4-0 after a two-hour-long public hearing to cancel the contract and seek alternatives.
Councilman Jerry Pentin was not at the meeting.
It's possible no new courts will be built.
Some speakers and others by email to council members said a number of the tennis park courts are often empty. They questioned the need to add more.
Councilman Arne Olson said the operators of the tennis park told him the tennis park courts are only used 62% of the time that they are open. He wants to look at usage at other tennis courts in the city, including those the city shares with Amador Valley High School and Pleasanton Middle School, to determine if there's excess capacity there, too.
"I don't see the need to build two new courts so quickly," he said.
“In our ongoing effort to provide an exceptional quality of life with the amenities residents want and need, the council directed staff to gather more information and come back in the coming months with a revised proposal," said Brian Dolan, assistant City Manager.
“Staff will begin to pursue additional concepts and locations and work with the Parks and Recreation Commission, as well as other interested parties, before bringing it back to council."
The Tennis and Community Park, located at 5801 Valley Ave, was master-planned in 1985 to include 12 tennis courts. Ten courts were originally constructed when the complex was built in 1994 and the remaining two courts were put on hold. In 2012, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan was updated and contained the design for the final phase of the two additional courts.
As part of any Master Plan update, workshops were held to survey the community. Three community workshops were held for the Parks and Recreation Master Plan update, a telephone survey was conducted, and community nonprofits were surveyed.
In 2014, the City Council adopted the completed Master Plan, and this past June 21, it voted to approve the contract and award $494,353 for the construction and landscaping of two tennis courts.