Westport Approves Higher Tennis Instruction Fees

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The Westport Parks and Recreation Department is raising the cost of group tennis instruction for youths and adults this year.
The Westport Parks and Recreation Department is raising the cost of group tennis instruction for youths and adults this year. Photo Credit: Staplesboystennis.com

WESTPORT,  Conn. – The price for group tennis lessons in Westport is going up this year. The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved raising tennis instruction fees Wednesday as a way to generate more revenue for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Beginning this spring, adults will pay $13 an hour for tennis instruction, up from $10 an hour. The youth instruction fee will increase to $10 an hour from $8-an-hour.

“The average in area communities is closer to $18 an hour for tennis instruction, so even at these rates, this is a pretty good deal,” Parks and Recreation Director Stuart McCarthy said.

Under the old fees, McCarthy said, the Parks and Recreation Department wasn’t making a profit. That's why the the increases were recommended, he said.

“We just about broke even last year,” McCarthy told the board, saying that the department recouped the $128,000 it spends on tennis instruction.

The new fees, McCarthy said, will generate about $30,000 in revenue. Of that, approximately $10,000 will go toward tennis court operations, he said, while the rest will go toward building a small surplus.

It’s been about four years since tennis instruction fees were raised, McCarthy added.

Registration for tennis instruction will begin in late March or early April, McCarthy said.

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