2023 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund
With another summer of record heat and little rain we were grateful to have an inground irrigation system in the flower beds. Even with very high temperatures we were able to keep plants, trees, and shrubs healthy and thriving.
2022 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund
2022 was another year of weather highs and lows, but thankfully we made it through without major problems. In March, Oregon Tree Care pruned the pin oaks on Cesar E Chavez, cleaning up branches from the previous year’s ice storm. The new flower beds and landscaping that went in last summer came through a mild winter with a show (more…)
2021 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund
As we headed into the second year of the 2019 Covid pandemic, we were also challenged by winter snow and ice and unprecedented heat in the summer. The massive snow and ice storm in February caused significant damage to many trees in Berkeley Park and areas surrounding the courts. The Parks Department did an amazing job clearing the debris, along with removing broken branches lodged in the trees’ canopies. Over the past six years, we have had these trees pruned twice by arborists. This intervention possibly saved (more…)
2020 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund
Many things have changed in this unprecedented year of 2020, but what hasn’t is the importance of community. This has inspired the mural to recognize those who make the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts possible.
Tennis has helped to alleviate some of the stress of Covid-19. March 23rd we were instructed by Portland Parks & Rec to lock the tennis courts. Within a short time, we had to take the nets down because people were climbing the fence to play. As we were having the courts power-washed an email arrived (more…)
2019 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund
2019 marked the five-year anniversary of the dedication of the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts at Berkeley Park. When we dreamed of celebrating the life of our son, Alex, we had no idea how wide and rich the circle of support (more…)
2018 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund
We are pleased to share 2018’s activities for the Alex Rovello Memorial Foundation. We had so much to celebrate in 2018!
- Our commitment to maintaining first rate courts makes them the pride of the tennis-playing community
- We added many new friends and supporters at a benefit concert by Acoustic Alchemy where audience members also received a stunning tennis shirt designed & donated by Nike
- Through our partnerships and outreach, we are attracting players from the larger community and providing new opportunities for engagement.
The Berkeley courts were busy all year drawing our community players as well as folks from all over the city. Summer youth tennis programs were held at the courts with Portland Parks & Recreation coaches and we wrapped our program season by (more…)
2017 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund
2016 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund
In May of 2016, Jim and Geri Rovello signed a ten-year agreement with the Portland Parks & Recreation for the continued maintenance of these beloved courts. With this new mission and responsibility, the Alex Rovello Memorial Foundation was formed in 2016. The mission of the foundation will be to provide support for the care and preservation of the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts at Berkeley Park and to promote, develop and enhance the lifetime sport of tennis. We greatly appreciate Stephen Leasia who guided us in the formation of the foundation. (more…)
2015 Overview of the Alex Rovello Memorial Fund
The year 2015 brought new events, projects, visitors and generous donations to the Alex Rovello Memorial Courts at Berkeley Park. The continuous use of the two courts gives us much pleasure in knowing that this renovation was something that would benefit our community. Our goal is to maintain these beautiful courts now and into the future. (more…)