Tennis courts closed, local playgrounds on the mend


Broken equipment and facilities at several local parks have the city in repair mode.
One of the most expensive to fix will be significant cracks in two asphalt tennis courts

By Susanna P. Barton
Resident Community News

Broken equipment and facilities at several local parks have the city in repair mode.
One of the most expensive to fix will be significant cracks in two asphalt tennis courts at Southside Tennis Complex on Hendricks Avenue. The courts are now closed because users were falling or twisting their ankles during play.
District 5 City Councilwoman Lori Boyer said Kelly Boree, city parks and recreation director, getting estimates for the repair. One contractor put the cost to fix the courts at $45,000, but could not guarantee the fix would last. Boyer said the city is investigating the situation further to see if there is a soil or drainage problem causing the cracks.
The closed tennis courts are the ones closest to the Knights of Columbus building on the north side of the park, Boyer said.
The court cracks are a separate issue from clay court improvements recently unveiled at the Southside park. The Southside Tennis Complex Association raised $30,000 to repair six clay courts this winter.
Meanwhile, broken equipment at two local playgrounds are getting back in the swing of things. A slide at the park behind the San Marco public library, is close to repair. Parts have been ordered and city crews are close to re-installing it. A wooden fort area at the nearby Landon Park playground that had been closed off with plywood is now repaired, Boyer. The area had been closed since just after the
holidays.

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