Help Us Create a Tennis Renaissance

Our goal is to create a resurgence in tennis participation in our community in order to deliver better health and wellness for residents.  The first phase of this initiative calls for the renovation of the Bill Reed Tennis Complex in Kesling Park.  Additionally, we are renovating the tennis court in Rumely Park and constructing a new court in Allesee Park to bring the sport back to our neighborhoods.  We are also adding dedicated pickleball courts in Kesling Park.   

Thanks to funding from the Healthcare Foundation of La Porte, La Porte Park Foundation and the Ken Moryl Family, work on these projects has already begun.  But WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP to make these much-needed improvements and bring first-class facilities to our residents.  The Indiana Housing and Development Authority is prepared to match up to $20,000 in donations, but only if we reach our $20,000 goal, and YOU can help make this happen.  For more information on this campaign or to donate, visit Tennis Renaissance.  

Tennis Lessons

We have been offering quality lessons for adults and children for over five decades. Started in 1966, our program is designed to give the best possible instruction at a reasonable cost. It is a comprehensive program that offers the latest techniques and instruction methods by quality instructors with years of teaching experience. Thousands of children in our community have learned to play the great sport of tennis in our program.

Our youth lessons are part of the United States Tennis Association's National Junior Excellence Program. We believe in making tennis fun and teaching it as "sport for a lifetime."
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Our goal is provide a training and development program that is accessible to every interested person. It is our intention to insure that there is a pathway to tennis success for people from every background who aspire to learn and enjoy the game.

Our program, which begins the week of June 16 and runs for six weeks, has developed many outstanding junior players who have played high school and college tennis as well as those who simply enjoy tennis as a fun recreational activity.

Registration will be on May 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bill Reed Tennis Complex in Kesling Park. Cost is $38 for Tots (ages 4-6), $48 for Level 1 (beginners) and $58 for Levels 2-5. The fee is discounted $10 for each additional child in same household. The additional child discount does not apply in the Love Plus One class. Make checks payable to the La Porte Park and Recreation Department.  Online and phone registrations (219-326-9600) will begin on Wednesday, May 13.

We also offer adult lessons (both group and individual) and tournaments. For more information on adult programs, e-mail Recreation Director Pam Carroll at

Looking for a reason to play tennis? Click here for Health and Fitness information from USTA.