Florida has long been known for its active tennis community, which includes some 50,000 adult and junior players who compete in leagues and tournaments throughout the state. A great number of those players hail from Jacksonville, the nation’s largest city by land area, which has no shortage of public and private tennis court facilities spread throughout the metropolis’ varied neighborhoods. But why pay to play as a member of a private tennis club when there are so many public courts in the 904? Here’s a look at some tennis courts in your Jacksonville-area neighborhood that cost little or nothing to rent for a few hours.
218 16th Ave S
The outdoor lifestyle is huge in and around Huguenot Park, where surfing and rollerblading are common weekend activities. Tennis fanatics can also find their own fun at the park’s seven-court tennis center, which has a hitting backboard, pro shop and lounge. Courts are available to rent for just $5 per hour, and on Friday nights you can join the facility’s weekly round-robin tournament, advertised as a social event where players forget the score and enjoy some lighthearted competition.
1721 Race Track Road
St. John’s County has consistently been ranked as the no. 1 city in Florida for health, an unsurprising achievement for a community that enjoys an active lifestyle from the golf course to the tennis court. Among the best public recreational facilities in the area is Mills Field, a 27-acre green space that includes four lighted tennis courts. The park’s hours are dawn until dusk, so schedule some court time at the hour convenient for you.
1681 Wildwood Drive
The historic capital of Spanish Florida is home to one of the area’s most modern recreational complexes, Treaty Park, whose 47 acres encompass six full-size tennis courts and eight paddle tennis courts. If an hour on the tennis court isn’t enough exercise for you, the park also has a one-mile bike path and a canoe trail around three acres of lake.
1101 Gano Avenue
The Naval Station community of Orange Park has a multitude of choices when it comes to athletic endeavors, with tennis being one of them. The Orange Park Athletic Association located adjacent to Gano Avenue Park provides sporting activities for youth ages 5-16, including T-ball, cheerleading and football. For adults who want to play tennis while kids have their own fun, Gano Park also has three hard courts with lights.
Didn’t find a tennis facility close to your 904 neighborhood? Check out the Jacksonville tennis court locator to play at the spot most convenient for you.
Author Bio: Avery Shackelford writes for MyTennisLessons, the largest online marketplace for tennis instruction, which operates in Jacksonville and cities nationwide.
Originally posted 2015-02-10 12:00:40.