Special Projects

UVA Snyder Tennis Center

Project Materials

Traditional tennis court paving.

Description

The site of these 16 courts (originally called the Lady Astor Courts) is adjacent to the UVA Memorial Gym and the Ice Pond. Although this "Ice Pond" was an attractive feature, it was fed by Meadow Creek which means that this is a low wet area and after years of use as a pond, the soils bearing capacity was seriously compromised.

The current courts are built on post-stressed concrete foundations to help span the wet conditions underneath. Ironically, we paved these courts in the late fall and there was a freak snow storm and we had a snow plow pushing snow in front of the paver. Even thought the conditions were not optimal, the end result was great! Read below about the history of this pond -- our giant challenge:

Just west of the University's "ice pond," ground was broken in spring 1922 for what then would be the largest gymnasium in the South. Named in honor of alumni who had died in World War I, Memorial Gymnasium officially opened in 1924. It replaced Fayerweather Gymnasium, built in 1894, which was subsequently converted to house the art department. Water from Meadow Creek, which had fed the old pond, was rerouted into a fashionable reflecting pool. By the summer of 1952 the pool had become a "sunken mire," full of carp, trash and floating beer cans, according to the Cavalier Daily. The reflecting pool was filled in and converted to a much-needed parking lot.