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Huge tennis center may be coming to Roswell

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A huge tennis center that would feature the most clay courts of any facility in the nation may be coming to Roswell.

The $60-70 million project, which would be called the Angela Krause Tennis, Pickleball and Fitness Center, would be built on 60 acres of land near Big Creek Park off Old Alabama Road.

If approved, crews would break ground in 2019 and would be completed in three phases. It would include 80 clay courts, double the amount available at any other U.S. tennis facility, hard and grass courts as well as a tournament-sized, 24 court pickleball facility.

The project is being developed by Vernon and Marie Krause of Roswell. They came up with the idea to honor their daughter Angela, who passed away in February of 2015 at the age of 29.

“Creating this center to celebrate Angela’s life has been a deeply bittersweet, yet incredibly rewarding, labor of love for our entire family,” said Vernon Krause in a press release. “Angela’s warm smile, sense of humor, and love of life made her beloved by family and friends, and our hope is that everyone who enters the doors of this place will experience the type of warm welcome and inviting environment that will truly honor her memory.” 

Steve Stroud, executive director of Roswell Inc, the city’s nonprofit economic development organization, says the center is estimated to bring an economic impact of $30 to $50 million to Roswell annually through tournament play.

“This is one of those projects that we will look back on in 10 years and be absolutely blown away by the positive impact it’s had on the community—both through its economic impact and through the way it will transform our city into a national and international destination,” said Stroud in a press release.

It is unclear when the entire project would be complete.

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