A small group of individuals formed the company Canoe Lake Leisure Limited (CLL) back in 2013 to safeguard the future of the Canoe Lake grass courts when Council funding cuts resulted in an uncertain future. This philanthropic project has had unanimously positive feedback from the community and the Council.
CLL has made significant improvements to both the grass courts and the surrounding site; the grass courts are now of international tournament standard. CLL have also built 4 top-specification artificial grass courts which are floodlit for all year-round play, resurfaced 2 hard tennis courts, a basketball court, and added a regulation size netball court.
The tennis facilities have attracted both a large membership and pay & play opportunities.
A former derelict bowls pavilion has been rebuilt into the now thriving Greens Cafe, which aims to bring locally sourced and healthy options to the people of Southsea.
The asbestos ridden neglected tennis pavilion has been demolished to make way for a large modern two-storey construction. This will provide changing facilities and space for a variety of community activities and service the tennis facilities.
The community focused project continues to attract many visitors who enjoy the highest quality catering and leisure facilities situated at a picturesque Grade II listed public park….Canoe Lake.
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