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City council says Althea Gibson tennis complex will not be privatized

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Also a focus on the city council agenda Tuesday night was the Althea Gibson tennis complex.
Council members made clear the resolution is not to privatize the complex but rather seek a public-private partnership with the Althea Gibson Foundation.

The goal is to bring large-scale tennis events to Wilmington. They voted in favor of allowing the city manager to pursue public input and contract negotiations. Tennis supporters were happy to hear the clarification.

Anna Martin, with the Greater Wilmington Tennis Association, said, “I think the big concern was the way it was originally presented made the tennis community feel that it was going to be a private entity.”

Martin said she is in support of hearing from the public on the resolution and hopes the city stays in good communication about the issue with the tennis association.

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