Contact: Julie Willmot
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TRENTON, N.J. -Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is pleased to announce the Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility is the proud recipient of the 2008 United States Tennis Association Outstanding Facility Award.

The award will be presented as part of the Technical Committee meeting at the USTA Semi-Annual meeting in New York City on September 1.

The USTA's Outstanding Facility Award Program was established to encourage high standards in tennis facilities and to respond to and recognize those facilities whose efforts make a positive statement about the vitality of the game.

Mercer County Park Commission Tennis Facility, located in Mercer County Park in West Windsor, has been in operation since 1981. Since it opened, it has been recognized by the USTA with a myriad of other awards including the USTA's National Facility of the Year in 1981 and 1996, Sectional Member of the Year in 1984, the New Jersey District Club of the Year in 1990, Middle States Organization of the Year in 2005, and it was selected as one of the Top 25 U.S. Municipal Facilities by Tennis Magazine.

"We are happy to receive another award for our fantastic park and recreation facilities here in Mercer County," said Mercer County Park Commission Director, Kevin Bannon. "The addition of our new six-court covered facility, due to open this coming October, coupled with the existing twenty-two outdoor courts, provides a location for players, spectators, and visitors to enjoy the game of tennis year-round."

The public tennis facility presently boasts twenty-eight courts in total, comprised of twenty-two outdoors courts, sixteen of which are lit for night games, and six covered courts with additional amenities such as an observation deck for spectators, bathrooms, lockers, and offices together encompassing 19 acres of the 2,500 acre Mercer County Park.

"It is an exhilarating feeling to win the prestigious USTA Outstanding Facility of the Year Award," said Marc Vecchiola, Mercer County Park's Tennis Center Director. "The tennis community is fortunate to have a tremendous support system in place with the Mercer County Park Commission. The Tennis Facility has a wonderful, diverse clientele and we aim to fulfill their expectations in regard to our programs and facility to keep the courts busy with this fun and healthy lifelong activity."

Besides having an above average quality of courts, the facility offers year round tennis clinics for all ages and skill levels, age group tournaments, a seven-week long fall tennis league with playoffs, and camps including the Junior Summer Tennis Camp.

The tennis facility is also a regular host of many major tennis championships such as USTA Adult Sectional Championship, USTA Senior Sectional Championship, Mercer County Boy's and Girl's High School Championships, NJSIAA Boys and Girls High School State Championship, Northeast Conference Collegiate Championship, Special Olympics, The National Breast Cancer Awareness Tennis Outing, and many more.

To learn more about Mercer County Park Tennis Facility, call (609) 448-8007.