What happens to the Tennis Balls? Funny you should ask!

Reblogged from this page.

City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center is one of our largest partners, and another great example of a public facility focused on offering premiere tennis courts while staying committed to sustainability! Johanna Gundlach, the Sustainabilty Coordinator for City Park tells us that the public reaction to seeing Recycleballs bins on their courts is one of enthusiasm and curiosity. “People actually get excited about recycling their tennis balls, rather than throwing them in the trash can. They want to know more about what they will be used for, and even stop by and drop off bags of used balls!”

Many consider Pepsi Tennis Center to be the Premiere Tennis Facility in New Orleans. It’s the biggest facility in Louisiana with 26 courts (16 hard / 10 clay), and home to hundreds of tennis players - from collegiate athletes (Loyola and Tulane both play there), to USTA players, to recreational players of all ages.  But size isn’t the only thing that sets City Park apart, players are drawn to City Park’s commitment to protecting the environment.

Johanna tells us, “New Orleans City Park is continuously working towards becoming a leader in sustainability in the New Orleans region by greening Park operations at every level and in every department. Example green efforts in New Orleans City Park include increasing access to recycling in all public use areas of the Park, identifying opportunities for energy savings through lighting and HVAC upgrades, sustainability education programs for City Park employees, and community-wide citizen science programs to inventory and better understand the Park's flora and fauna.”

Last year, Johanna and her colleagues went on a mission to find a way to recycle and reuse tennis balls and prevent them from ending up in a landfill, and when she learned about Recycleballs, she jumped on the opportunity to partner with another organization dedicated to making tennis a greener sport. Thanks, Johanna and City Park for your partnership and your outstanding green efforts!


[Pictured:  Martin Alexander, Tennis Maintenance Attendant for the City Park / Pepsi Tennis Center. Martin plays a huge roll in the success of the tennis ball recycling program, and educates and encourages visitors to recycle their used tennis balls.]


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