A donation from the children of former Central Washington mathematics professor Fred Lister will enable the university to renovate its tennis facility.
According to a CWU news release, Russ Lister and Jim Lister and their sister, and Anne Perry, have provided enough money for a capital project involving the courts. The capital project will be the first “in recent memory,” the release said, to have been funded from an alumni gift.
The facility is adjacent to Nicholson Pavilion and its outdoor courts were opened in 1961, the year Central Washington College of Education became Central Washington State College.
The new courts will have an acrylic finish, will be approved by the United States Tennis Association and will also be lighted.
Other facets of the new facility will include new fencing and gates, improved drainage, movable bleachers, practice boards and benches for players.
Total cost has been estimated at $950,000. In addition to the donation, funds will come from CWU capital preservation money, university recreation and Central’s services and activity fees. A USTA grant is also being sought.
Construction is scheduled to begin in August with completion expected the following month.
Fred Lister taught at Central from 1968 until his retirement in 1988, and was acknowledged as an avid tennis player and fan. His wife, Valerie, also played tennis and took commercial art classes at Central.
Valerie Lister died in 2009 and Fred passed away in 2012.
Russ Lister and Anne Perry played tennis for Ellensburg High School, as did Jim Lister, while both Russ Lister and Anne Perry later played for Central.
When completed, the complex will be named the Fred and Valerie Lister Tennis Facility.