GALLERY & FACILITIES
HAWORTH PLATFORM TENNIS ASSOCIATION, INC.
Facilities Candid Shots Changes & Specifications
Here are a few pictures showing the people, facilities, and surroundings of the HPTA. Anyone is welcome to send a hard copy or digital photo for posting. We'll try to accommodate as much as possible.
OLD HUT DESTRUCTION BY FIRE
Back in 1975 paddle courts were typically built with a wooden frame and playing surface. That's what we had, but nature has its way of wearing down even the best maintained natural materials. The wood began to rot in places, and boards would warp as temperatures changed. So, in 1998 we upgraded the courts to an aluminum surface with metal framework. Immediately the screens became more lively and the bounces truer. We also lowered our maintenance expenses.
We experienced much the same thing with our lighting. Technology advanced beyond our installed system, so during the summer of 2004 we put in the latest metal halide lights that not only provide the best in lighting, but also at a substantially lower operating cost.
Back in the early years a group of dedicated members built a warming hut for the convenience of all members and our guests. It has served us well for 28 years, but as we look to the future, an upgrade is needed to improve the space, convenience, and view of the courts. A major commitment was made, and the new hut construction was begun in the Fall of 2004.
The one thing that has not changed since 1975 is the beautiful setting in which we find our club. From the entry road through the woods to the trees surrounding our courts, we can always enjoy the pleasure of a peaceful place to relax and play the game we love so much.
With all of these improvements, there are bound to be some changes in our courtside procedures. Here are a few things to keep in mind, and some of the features of our new hut:
The old hut will be used for storage, and will not be maintained for general use.
The light switches between the courts have been removed.
The steps to the old deck will remain the entry point of the entire facility.
The court lights will be operated from inside the hut, which eliminates unauthorized use. The lights are the most technologically advanced available today (November, 2004). Being metal halide, they take approximately 2 to 3 minutes to come up to full power. Sometimes they take a few seconds to show any sign of light, but you should not toggle the switch, thinking something is wrong. Be patient. Once you turn the lights out, they should not be turned back on for five minutes. Even if you do try, they will not power up until they have cooled off. The upside is that once they are on it's like daylight out there.
Because the lights can only be turned off from within the hut, players exiting the courts will always have light on their way back to the hut.
Exterior area lighting will operate with motion sensors, allowing safe transit from the hut to the parking lot, or the reverse. These lights can also be controlled manually from inside the hut.
There are two lights mounted on the rear of the hut, both operating on a motion sensor. This will accommodate searches for balls that are hit out of either court and bounce to the wooded area behind the hut. Balls that are hit out of the courts in other areas will have sufficient light coming from the courts. The rear lighting is also a safety feature for members or others who might randomly come onto the property.
Access to the hut is via steps onto the old deck, a left turn onto the connecting new deck, and then up a few additional steps to a landing. The wrap-around design of the decks provides outdoor viewing from different angles. It also creates a spacious area with sufficient lighting for social events.
The hut itself is 36 feet long by 12 feet deep, with the ceiling sloping from a 9 foot height in front to 7 feet in the rear. The front wall facing the courts has 5 picture windows, each 6.5 feet wide by 5 feet high, so it is virtually a complete wall of glass. Viewing of both courts is unobstructed. These windows are positioned 2.5 feet above the floor, which allows viewing from a seated position or while standing, and enough space for a narrow shelf on which food and drinks can be placed. The hut floor is two feet above the court deck, giving a very special perspective to the game on court.
The window on the far side wall opens to provide cross ventilation when the door is open. The windows on the rear and near side walls do not open, and are intended only to bring more light into the hut.
The exterior door is half glass, so people can see if the way is clear before opening.
Heating is by 4 separately controlled 6 foot electric base panels with timers and thermostats, and the 11 recessed interior lights operate with dimmers.
The court lights will turn off automatically at 11 PM, and cannot be turned on again until 8 AM.
The hut and deck have taken away considerable footage where snow can be pushed or blown directly to the ground. To help the snow removal process, it is possible to have several portable sections of deck just beyond the snow boards that can be lifted to open space for depositing the snow to the ground. However, we are waiting to see how things work out during our first full winter season before making this change.
The hut has insulated walls, ceiling, and floor. All glass is double paned and covered with moveable blinds to help with glaring sun and excessive heat in warm weather.
The same key that opens the old hut can be used on the new. Remember, because the court light switches are in the hut, members will need a key for nighttime play.
Our budget does not include a valet and maid, so we must depend on you to maintain the hut and furnishings. Please pick up and dispose of all debris, even if it is not of your own making.