Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
The Bethel Tennis Court project was planned as a cooperative project between the Columbia Public Schools and the City of Columbia. Construction began in the spring of 2001. Four courts were constructed in Cosmo-Bethel Park and four were built on adjoining Gentry Middle School property. The court layout was designed to achieve an efficient use of the space and to provide an attractive tennis complex for public and school use. Sidewalks connect City courts and District courts.
Columbia Parks and Recreation's park planners designed the complex and coordinated the project with the General Contractor, Christensen Construction Company of Columbia. The total project cost was $398,978, funded equally between the City and the School District. The Mid Missouri Tennis Association donated the windscreens. Landscaping was designed and planted by Columbia Parks and Recreation's Natural Resources division. A dedication ceremony took place on May 15, 2002 at the site.
In 2003, the USTA Missouri District named Cosmo-Bethel tennis courts as their Facility of the Year.
In 2008, four more courts were constructed, making it 12-court complex. (See Capital Improvement Project - Cosmo-Bethel Four New Tennis Courts)