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La Jolla Tennis Club nets architect for redesign

La Jolla Tennis Club is calling on one of San Diego’s best-known architects to redesign its clubhouse, which houses the pro shop, office and meeting space.

Rob Wellington Quigley, whose firm has worked on numerous municipal libraries, museums, parks and community centers, most notably the New Children’s Museum and San Diego’s New Central Library, has been retained for the clubhouse retrofit.

“Right now we’re quite limited: It’s definitely outdated,” said tennis club President Kamyar “KP” Pahlavi of the 1,000-square-foot facility’s cramped quarters. “We have some ideas to expand the comfort level of our clubhouse, make it a better space.”

ters. “We have some ideas to expand the comfort level of our clubhouse, make it a better space.”

Pahlavi said the idea is to have a larger clubhouse footprint.

“We have to make sure we’re creating a clubhouse that will be there and viable for decades to come,” he said.

Quigley said his firm just started working on the project and expects to come up with some suggestions soon.

To accomplish the remodel, Pahlavi said, will mean getting a lot of help from its friends.

“We’re going to tap the resources that may be available to us and make this a little bit of an in-house club effort,” he said, adding there are several club members, including a contractor, whose expertise may be used to revitalize the clubhouse.

“We’re hoping to have in-kind donations of effort and materials and a great deal of volunteers, Pahlavi said. “By doing the building ourselves, we can have a slightly larger facility that will have a few more conveniences than we have now.”

Pahlavi added it’s hoped the new and improved facility can become more of a recreational hub.

“We hope to create an atmosphere where members can socialize, relax more,” he said.

There are presently about 750 LJTC members who pay dues of $100 a year.

La Jolla Tennis Club at 7632 Draper Ave. is a public membership club established in 1917 and chartered in 1923, with nine courts and a pro shop. It is home to one of California’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournaments, the annual La Jolla Tennis Championships which draw upwards of 1,100 players in June. The tournaments have been held continuously since 1917.

LJTC, though distinct from the La Jolla Recreation Center, is an important part of the recreational mix offered at the nearly 4-acre La Jolla Community Park site that, besides the recreation center building, also includes basketball courts, a tot lot and playing fields.

“It’s part of La Jolla Community Park,” said Park and Rec Department district manager Cathy Anzuoni of the tennis club’s relationship to the rec center. “Most of our parks citywide have one or more tennis courts and they are managed by nonprofit tennis clubs through a non-exclusive use and occupancy permit for three years which is renewable as long as they maintain the facility.”

Anzuoni added the city is working on a new agreement, a special use permit, with LJTC to extend its occupancy onsite.

La Jolla Tennis Club is completely self-sufficient, providing the nets, windscreens, resurfacing, lights, maintenance, cleaning and landscaping for its facilities.

“All the city does is cut our grass,” quipped Pahlavi.

In addition, LJTC contributes $2,000 yearly to La Jolla High School to use the additional courts needed for the annual La Jolla Tennis Championships.

The club’s board of directors meets at 6:15 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every other month in the pro shop.

For more information, call 454-4434 or visit www.ljtc.org.