Green Spring Racquet Club Closing May 1, 2017 -
GSTEF Foundation’s Plans for New Sports Complex to Serve Central Maryland Unlikely Without a Business Partner or Large Donor
Lutherville, Maryland, March 9, 2017 –The Green Spring Tennis and Educational Foundation (www.GSTEF.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is hoping to build a new sports complex in Owings Mills, but needs strategic partners to help to advance the goal. GSTEF has used the Green Spring Racquet Club (GSRC) indoor tennis and squash facility to host many of its programs, but GSRC will be closing on May 1, 2017 due to Johns Hopkins purchasing the property with the intention of building a new surgery center.
For the past year, the GSTEF Board has been actively pursuing opportunities to build a new sports complex and has obtained a very generous land lease in Owings Mills, however the search for partners or donors has stalled.
The Green Spring Tennis and Educational Foundation was founded in 2012 with a mission to provide free or low cost adaptive tennis instruction to anyone with a physical or intellectual disability. The foundation has partnerships with groups like Maryland Special Olympics, Autism Society of Baltimore/Chesapeake, and many others. GSTEF is recognized by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as a community tennis association. Last year GSTEF had more than 1,000 unique players who came to GSRC to play league tennis. Losing the GSRC tennis facility will mean these adaptive programs and USTA league play will come to an end due to the lack of indoor space.
There is an urgent need in our community for this new sports complex. The GSTEF board has assembled an Advisory Board, which has developed preliminary plans for a complex that includes indoor tennis, a 200-meter indoor track, squash courts, a variety of classrooms, and boutique-style fitness and wellness studios. With the recent or imminent closings of many indoor tennis courts and the lack of an official 200-meter indoor track and field facility in the area, this proposed sports complex will fill a void in the Central Maryland community. The proposed development will be located off of Painters Mill Road on a 7-acre lot situated between T. Rowe Price and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and backs up to the McDonogh School campus in Owings Mills, MD. The proposed multi-sport complex will increase athletic opportunities for local schools, colleges and the community for practices, meets, tournaments, recreation and special needs transition training. Numerous schools and community organizations have already expressed interest in partnering with the new facility for the development of a variety of programs and activities to benefit their respective memberships.
GSTEF is currently open to suggestions or assistance for proceeding with the proposed sports complex. Please contact Janet Paulsen, GSTEF President, 410 456-7010.