2013 USTA National Large Public Outdoor Facility of the Year
PHASE 1 & 2: HARD COURTS & CLAY COURTS
The initial redevelopment of the facility was a successful public/private partnership made possible with support from the City of Trenton, NJTLT, Friends of Cadwalader Park Tennis, private individuals, the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and local businesses. The redevelopment took place in several stages, which included refurbishing the existing six hard courts and turning the existing six clay courts into fourteen 10 & under courts and a stadium court. A total of $800,000 was contributed to refurbish the courts with design and engineering costs over $50,000, donated by the USTA.
PHASE 3: PAVILION
A ceremonial groundbreaking was held on 12/4/13 to announce The Dan Haggerty Jr. Pavilion, named after the father of current United States Tennis Association CEO, Chairman, and President Dave Haggerty. NJTLT has raised over $100,000 privately toward the cost of construction. Community leader John Hatch, Principal of Trenton-based architectural firm Clark Caton Hintz, donated the design of the pavilion. Once complete, the pavilion will be gifted to the City of Trenton. It will feature an unparalleled view of the facility from the second story deck, which can accommodate up to 40 people, along with a first floor storage facility, drinking fountain, and commemorative paver area with “learning tables” where NJTLT’s education programs can be delivered parkside.
In its heyday, 18 tennis courts stood in Cadwalader Park, and it was the place to play tennis in Mercer County for at least fifty years. From 1920, when the first Trenton City Men’s Tennis champion was crowned, through the late 60’s when icons such as Arthur Ashe, Herb Fitzgibbon, and Bobby Riggs played exhibitions there, the courts were filled from dusk till dawn. Before the renovation, only three out of the twelve remaining courts were playable; today, they buzz with youth participating in NJTLT’s numerous year-round programs. The 2013 National Outstanding Facility of the Year, awarded by the United States Tennis Association (USTA), is the Junior Champions Tennis Center at Cadwalader Park. The award was presented on September 1 at USTA’s semi-annual meeting conference held during the US Open in New York City.