Renovated Bill Reed Tennis Complex at Kesling Park is unveiled


From left: Mitch Feikes, park board president; Karyl Feikes, city council member; Barb Reed, La Porte Tennis Association; Bill Reed, La Porte Tennis Association and longtime tennis program supervisor; Mark Schreiber, park superintendent; Maria Fruth, president/CEO, Healthcare Foundation; Fr. Nate Edquist, board member, Healthcare Foundation; Mayor Tom Dermody.

The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department held a dedication Tuesday, June 8, for the renovated tennis courts and new pickleball courts at the Bill Reed Tennis Complex in Kesling Park. The renovations are part of the Tennis Renaissance initiative, with the goal of creating a resurgence in racquet sport participation in our community to deliver better health and wellness for residents.

Five of the courts in Kesling Park were renovated for tennis, while one court was converted into four dedicated pickleball courts. Additionally, the initiative included renovating the tennis court in Rumely Park and constructing a new court in Allesee Park to bring the sport back to our neighborhoods. 

The project was funded primarily by the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, with additional funding from the La Porte Park Foundation, Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority, the Ken and Chris Moryl Family, La Porte Tennis Association and other individual donors. 

If you want to learn how to play tennis or pickleball, the park department offers Summer Tennis Lessons beginning Monday, June 14, for ages 4 and older as well as a free pickleball clinic from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 13. For more information, call 219-326-9600 and visit

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