Althea Gibson Tennis Complex

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3405A  Park Avenue

Wilmington, NC   28403 Phone: 910.341.4631  (TDD 341.7873/TTY 711) Fax: 910.341.4639 info@empiepark.com      Tari Ann Toro-Steinmetz  (bio) - Tennis Complex Manager

 

Althea Gibson moved to Wilmington in 1946 to attend high school and work on her tennis game with Dr. Hubert A. Eaton. She was a trailblazing athlete who became the first African-American to win Wimbledon, the French Open, the Australian Doubles and the US Open in the late 1950’s.

The complex has:

  • 19 tennis courts with lights
  • 1500 sq. ft. clubhouse with lounge, meeting room, and snack counter

Courts are open to the public on a walk up basis at no charge. You may also reserve a court for a fee.

Court Fees:

  • $4.50 for 90 minutes for New Hanover County residents
  • $9.00 for 90 minutes for non New Hanover County residents

Junior Clinics

Little Aces Junior Clinics
Mondays/Wednesdays from 3:30 pm-4:30 pm

Session 1:9/5, 9/10, 9/12, 9/17, 9/19, 9/24; Make-ups: 9/26, 10/1
Session 2: 10/3, 10/8, 10/10, 10/15, 10/17, 10/22. Make-ups: 10/24, 10/29
Session 3: 11/5, 11/7, 11/12, 11/14, 11/19, 11/21; Make-ups: 11/26, 11/28

Cost: $60/session

Super Aces Junior Clinics 
Mondays/Wednesdays from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Session 1:9/5, 9/10, 9/12, 9/17, 9/19, 9/24; Make-ups: 9/26, 10/1
Session 2: 10/3, 10/8, 10/10, 10/15, 10/17, 10/22. Make-ups: 10/24, 10/29
Session 3: 11/5, 11/7, 11/12, 11/14, 11/19, 11/21; Make-ups: 11/26, 11/28

Cost: $60/session

Saturday Junior Clinics

Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29; 10/6, 10/13
Ages:  5-7:  9:30 am -10:30 am
Ages:  8-12:  10:30 am-11:30 am

Cost: $60/session (includes 6 - 1 hr clinics)

Empie Park Projects Underway:

Tennis Court Resurfacing

The resurfacing of 11 of the tennis courts at the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex started the last week of June and are the project is almost completed. ..  The project is funded by the Parks Bond, a USTA grant and a Greater Wilmington Tennis Association donation.  Courts 14-18 will be resurfaced first and upon completion courts 9-13 and center court will be resurfaced.  The project will take 10-14 days weather permitting.  The total cost of the project is $58,000.  

Empie Park Phase II

Work on Empie Park Phase II project is .  The project is a continuation of the 2006 Empie Park Parks Bond Project and includes:

  • 5 additional tennis courts with lights
  • Connection between Park Avenue and Wrightsville Ave
  • Sixty one (61) additional parking spaces
  • Sidewalk connections that will connect to the Cross City Trail. 

Trader Construction, the contractor, is scheduled to begin preliminary work such as installation of erosion control measures on July 2.  Demolition including the remaining softball field will begin the week of July 9. The project is scheduled to be completed in late fall. 

The project cost is $1,081,000 which is funded by the city’s  Capital Improvement Program.  No closures are scheduled for Empie Park, the Althea Gibson Tennis Complex or the Cross City Trail.  Construction trucks will be using Caswell Street as their point of entry/exit to the construction area. 

 

AGTC  Clubhouse  Hours:

Winter Hours (Dec. 1 - Feb. 29)
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fridays: Closed
Saturdays: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Hours March 1- November 30
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Tennis Courts are open from sunrise to 11:00 pm.


Adaptive Tennis Clinics

Every Thursday from 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. on courts 11-13
More info: contact Billie Fitzsimons at adaptivetenniswilm@gmail.com

Bouncing back with Tennis

Bouncing Back with Tennis is a support group that offers cancer survivors education and emotional support as well as activity through tennis.  The program is free.   Participants can be any cancer survivor regardless of their tennis knowledge and ability.  Each two hour session involves an hour of learning/playing tennis and an hour of support/education.

Tuesday dates:  June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4

Support meetings: 6:00 pm -7:00 pm

Tennis: 7 pm - 8 pm on Center Court


Tennis Complex Volunteers

LOOKING FOR TENNIS VOLUNTEERS!  The Althea Gibson Tennis Complex is one of the fastest growing tennis parks in the area, and with your help, we can continue to grow!  We have very exciting events taking place this upcoming year and we would love for you to participate.

If you are interested in more information, and/or would like to volunteer, please email Tari Ann at info@empiepark.com or call 341.4631. 

Ball Machine Rental

Ball Machine Rental Prices: $10 per hour of use and includes court rental

Ball Machine Rental Rules:

  • Subject to a limited number of blackout dates. 
  • Can only be rented during tennis clubhouse operating hours
  • Entitles 1 hour of daily use of the ball machine 
  • Ball Machine renter must be present on court and participating if another player is present. 
  • No transfers allowed. 
  • Reservations may be made up to 1 day in advance. 
  • Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

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2018 Tournaments & Events

Please see calendar below that shows tournaments & events.   Printable List 

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