Cr John Chester recently presented a 603-signature petition calling for the retention of the two City courts at Greenwood.
Local resident and lead petitioner John Logan, who will contest the area�s South- East ward at the next council election, said the courts had been earmarked for a carpark in a proposed redevelopment plan.
But now that the Department of Sport and Recreation had rejected funding for the proposal, he hoped the courts would be part of a revised City plan and submission for state money.
Kingsley and Greenwood Residents Association president Sonia Makoare said she had been delighted with the response to the City making the courts free.
�I have been amazed at the amount of use the courts have been getting, at all times of the day and night,� she said.
�But it�s the different groups of people playing tennis that has surprised me the most.
�From young guys in boardshorts and bare feet� on a Saturday arvo to the groups of friends playing most evenings.
�The most fun to watch are the parents teaching young children how to play � it is fantastic to see.�