Staff at the Babette Horenstein Tennis Center are planning a public event on Sunday, Dec. 11, that will celebrate not only the center’s namesake but also the game she loved.
Players are encouraged to bring their racquets to the free event, which will run from 1 to 4 pm at THPRD’s Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, 15707 SW Walker Road, Beaverton.
Oregon native Jonathan Stark, former No. 1 doubles player in the world, will lead off the event at 1 pm, teaming up with Tennis Center staff to conduct a free clinic for all attendees.
A ceremony honoring Horenstein will start at 2 pm, followed by a free round-robin mixer for all tennis players who want to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.
The celebration, which is open to everyone, will also include free refreshments.
This past August, the THPRD Board of Directors voted to change the name of the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center in honor of Horenstein (pronounced “Hor-en-stine”), who passed away in 2013 at age 81. She served on the board from 1977 to 1993, helping guide the district through a period of high growth.
A tennis player herself, Horenstein was instrumental in the expansion of tennis facilities and programs throughout the park district. In addition, her advocacy helped the district pass a 1974 bond measure that funded the construction of the Tennis Center.
Formed in 1955, THPRD is the largest special park district in Oregon, spanning 50 square miles and serving about 240,000 residents in the greater Beaverton area. The district provides year-round recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. Offerings include thousands of widely diverse classes, 95 park sites with active recreational amenities, nearly 70 miles of trails, eight swim centers, six recreation centers, and about 1,500 acres of natural areas. For more information, visit www.thprd.org or call 503-645-6433.