By MICHELLE BRINSON
Ensworth’s High School campus on Hwy. 100 is experiencing significant growth with the addition of a new tennis center.
This 54,000 sq. ft. of conditioned space will feature a 3-story mezzanine level and will include six indoor tennis courts with spectator seating, a press box and seating that will overlook the track and field, a training room, new locker rooms and new team meeting spaces for track, lacrosse and soccer.
This project also includes a redesign of Ensworth’s existing outdoor tennis courts and an additional 100,000 sq. ft. of parking. The estimated value of the construction project is over $18 million.
Work on this project began last summer and has an anticipated opening in early 2017. Upon completion, this new facility will enable Ensworth to offer additional programs to their students and families, as well as for the greater Nashville community. In addition to the use of the facility for Ensworth students, there will be additional opportunities for lessons, court times for recreational play and space for special events.
On Ensworth’s website, Greg Chambers, the school’s director of tennis was quoted as saying, “I am passionate about tennis, because I believe it improves a person’s quality of life by providing a time efficient way to stay fit, a way to stay self-disciplined, and a way to enhance personal relationships at every stage of life. I am excited that the new tennis center will allow us to expand and enhance our tennis programming, giving Ensworth families and the Nashville community the opportunity to enjoy instruction and recreation at all levels of play year-round.”
Ensworth is a kindergarten through twelfth grade, coeducational independent school. Current enrollment is at 1,133 students (lower school: 426, middle school: 244, high school: 463).